With Houston, Elias serves as the domestic and international scouting director. His first draft with the club was in 2012, when he steered them toward star shortstop Carlos Correa at No. 1 overall, and their drafts yielded more major leaguers than any other club from 2013 to 2017. His amateur scouting roots come from the similarly prolific St. Louis Cardinals organization, where he was a scout and later the manager of amateur scouting. Houston has also been successful on the international front, supplying the depth for several major trades from their Latin American efforts.