Astros hire Luhnow

2011-12-08T00:00:00Z 2011-12-08T08:15:04Z Astros hire LuhnowBY DERRICK GOOLD • > 314-340-8285

DALLAS • One of the chief architects behind the Cardinals' expanded scouting of Latin America and the club's increased use of analytics has been plucked to rebuild a division rival.

The Houston Astros announced late Wednesday night that Jeff Luhnow had been hired as the team's new general manager.

Luhnow, 45, has served in a variety of roles for the Cardinals since joining the team in 2003 as a vice president. He has ascended the ranks of the front office to a vice president position, and this past season he oversaw the Cardinals' amateur scouting and player procurement. A pet project of his has been increasing the Cardinals' ability to evaluate and sign players in the Caribbean, and two of the Cardinals' top prospects — pitcher Carlos Martinez and outfielder Oscar Taveras — have been products from that system. Luhnow has also been the team's director of player development before having his roles split into two positions after the 2010 season.

One of new Astros owner Jim Crane's first moves was to remove general manager Ed Wade from his position. The Astros sought a candidate who was familiar with player development.

Luhnow has directed the Cardinals' drafts that resulted in Colby Rasmus, Jaime Garcia and Shelby Miller, a pitcher who is the team's top prospect.

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