By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Sep 21, 2015 at 2:46 PM

This afternoon, Brewers chairman and owner Mark Attanasio named David Stearns as the team's new general manager, taking over for Doug Melvin, who announced last month that he would be stepping down from the position. 

The 30-year-old Stearns comes over to the Brewers after serving three years as assistant general manager with the Houston Astros, who are currently in the midst of the playoff hunt after several seasons of rebuilding.

Before his time with the Astros, the New York native and Harvard graduate spent one year as director of baseball operations for the Cleveland Indians and three years with MLB's central office, most recently holding the position of manager of labor relations. He also worked in the baseball operations departments of the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Fall League.

"David is a rising star in Major League Baseball and has been an integral part of the rebuilding of an Astros organization that has begun to reap the benefits of his efforts," Attanasio said. "David’s philosophy and skill set are an ideal match for the Brewers. His proven leadership and diverse set of talents will position us to consistently compete for a World Series championship."

"This has been a position that I coveted for numerous reasons," Stearns said. "First, I’m excited to continue building on what I believe is already a solid foundation of young talent with the Brewers, particularly in the minor league system. And as someone coming from the outside, I’m impressed with the strong relationship between the community and the club.

"The fan support is incredible, and I know that they will be behind us as we create something special here. I want to thank Mark Attanasio for bringing me on board, and appreciate all of the hard work that has been done by Doug Melvin and everyone at the Brewers to make this such a special opportunity."      

Stearns will officially take on his new role as Brewers GM on Monday, Oct. 5.