Monday, November 01, 2004

Huston Street Report

Huston Street, RHP, Oakland Athletics
Drafted 40th Overall (Supplemental 1st Rd), 2004 Draft, Texas
Bats R/Throws R
21 YO, 6'0", 190 lbs

It's been a while since I've profiled a 2004 draft pick, and Street is an interesting one to profile. We've seen a remarkable rise in the number of college relievers being drafted in the first round lately. While Royce Ring has seen his prospect status decline, Dave Aardsma, Ryan Wagner, Bill Bray, Chad Cordero, and Street have all shot up through the minors and are either good major league pitchers already (as is the case with Cordero and arguably Wagner) or are knocking on the door of the majors with dominating minor league numbers. Street is among the latter.

He has good control of a good low-90's heater and a pretty nice slider. He saw action for AAA Sacramento less than 3 months after being drafted. He started life as a pro with a 1.69 ERA, 14 K's and 5 walks in 10 2/3 innings for Kane County of the Midwest League. Then he moved on and posted a 1.35 ERA with 14 K's and 3 walks in 13 1/3 innings pitched. That's dominating stuff. He finished up the season with Sacramento, pitching 2 perfect innings.

I have little doubt that he'll be a very good major league reliever. The only things I'm unsure about is exactly how great he'll be, and how he'll best be used. I don't have a good gauge on how he'll deal with multiple inning appearances.

ETA: Mid/Late 2005
4 Stars

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