San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have traded all-star closer Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels for prospects Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris.
After the Oakland Athletics improved their pitching staff earlier this month by acquiring Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, the Angels were desperate to improve their weak bullpen and have done so by acquiring closer Huston Street.
Huston Street has been the best closer in all of baseball this season. Street is (1-0) with a 1.05 ERA and is 24 for 25 in save opportunities. Street despite his injuries has converted 80 of 84 save opportunities with the San Diego Padres since being acquired in 2012 from the Colorado Rockies.
For the Angels to land Huston Street it was expected they would need to give up at least one of their top prospects and instead the San Diego Padres were able to acquire not only their number one prospect, but three of their top 10 prospects.
Lindsey, 22, the Angels top prospect is a second baseman batting .247 in Triple-A for the Angels this season. Lindsey was the Angels 37th overall pick in the 2010 MLB draft. Lindsey is considered a decent defender with an excellent bat and strong raw power. Baseball America ranked Lindsey 93rd in their top 100 prospects this season.
Rondon, 20, was the Angels top shortstop prospect and has had excellent season batting .327 in his first season in High-A Inland Empire. Rondon is considered by scouts an above average fielder and a solid hitter with decent speed.
Morris, 22, was drafted by the Angels in the fourth round of last year’s draft and has had a solid season going (5-4) with a 3.27 ERA in 85.1 innings between low-A Burlington and high-A Inland Empire this season.
Alvarez could be the best piece in this trade. He was the Angels fourth best prospect and has been dominant this season with a 0.33 ERA in 27 innings out of the bullpen in Double-A. Alvarez posses a mid-90s fastball and has a very good slider. He projects as a late-inning reliever or closer at the major league level and could join the San Diego Padres at some point in the second half as their potential future closer.