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Astros elect not to renew contract of Bobby Heck

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Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Saturday that the organization will not renew the contract of assistant general manager/director of scouting Bobby Heck.

Heck, who joined the Astros' front office in October 2007, has been responsible for getting a depleted farm system back on track during his tenure.

He's drafted players such as Jason Castro, Jordan Lyles, J.D Martinez, Delino DeShields Jr., Mike Foltynewicz, Vincent Velasquez, George Springer, 2012 No. 1 overall selection Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Nolan Fontana.

“Bobby has been a key part of the front office for the past five years and has been instrumental in helping build the pipeline for the future,” Luhnow said in a statement. “His legacy here includes several high-ceiling players like DeShields, Springer, Foltynewicz, and Velasquez – all top prospects in our system.”

The Astros have named Mike Elias as the club's new scouting director.

Elias, 29, joined the Astros in January as a special assistant to the general manager/scouting after serving in the St. Louis Cardinals organization the previous five seasons as a scout and manager of amateur scouting.

His role with St. Louis included crosschecking responsibilities.

“Mike has a keen eye for talent and a unique ability to blend scouting opinions with other valuable information like the players’ makeup, performance history or medical risk,” Luhnow said. “I’ve worked with Mike for many years now and believe his leadership and evaluation skills will help us maximize the output of our drafts for years to come.”

Elias was a left-handed pitcher for Yale University and has experience scouting domestically and internationally at both the amateur and professional levels.

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