Astros make additions to baseball operations staff

HOUSTON, TX -- The Astros have added two new members to the Baseball Operations staff and have promoted a current staff member, General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced today.

Oz Ocampo has been named Director of International and Kevin Goldstein has been named pro scouting coordinator. Luhnow also announced that Stephanie Wilka has been promoted to coordinator, baseball operations. Wilka had served as amateur scouting coordinator this season.

Ocampo will oversee the Astros scouting and player development programs globally and will assist in building the Astros brand worldwide. He has several years of experience in baseball operations working both in the United States and internationally. Most recently, he had been working for the Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Office as a specialist in International Baseball Operations since 2011. Ocampo began his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005 as their Dominican academy administrator and coordinator of Latin American scouting. While in this role, he was responsible for stabilizing the DR Academy and coordinated the July 2nd scouting operations for the Latin American region (DR, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Curacao).

In 2007, Ocampo assumed the position of manager of amateur scouting and midwest area scout, during which he was responsible for managing North American scouting operations while scouting and evaluating top midwest amateur players. In 2009, the Cardinals named Ocampo coordinator of international player development, during which he managed finances and logistics for Extended Spring Training, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals club and medical/rehab operations. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

"Oz brings a unique blend of skills and experience to a critical area for the Astros," Luhnow said. "His scouting experience, international operations experience and business background make him well-suited to lead our efforts internationally under the new CBA environment.

"We want the Astros to once again be a leader in scouting and developing international talent as we were in the 90’s when we opened the first and most successful academy in Venezuela."

Goldstein will oversee the Astros pro scouting efforts, which will include comprehensive scouting of both minor league and Major League players across the 30 Major League clubs as well as independent leagues and foreign professional leagues.

Goldstein is well-known in baseball circles, having served as a national writer specializing in scouting and player development for Baseball Prospectus and ESPN. He is also the co-author of the New York Times best-selling Baseball Prospectus annual, now in its 17th season, and has served as co-host of MLB Roundtrip with Baseball Prospectus, which airs on MLB Network Radio. Over the past several years, Goldstein has developed a rapport with various levels of baseball personnel, from area scouts to general managers.

"Kevin has established a reputation as a baseball expert through comprehensive knowledge of prospects across all organizations," Luhnow said. "His expertise combined with his ability to balance and respect the scouts’ opinions with the players performance track record will be an asset for us in this critical area."

In her new role, Wilka will assist the General Manager’s office across all areas of baseball operations. "Stephanie played a critical role in this year’s draft," Luhnow said. "Her experience in baseball, combined with her legal background, makes her a perfect fit to assist across multiple areas of baseball operations."

Wilka previously worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. She earned a degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law, passed the California Bar Exam in July of 2011, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 2005.