Friday, July 18, 2014

Breaking Down The Huston Street Deal

The Padres and the Angels agreed upon a trade that will send RHP Huston Street and minor league pitcher Trevor Gott to Los Angeles. In exchange, the Padres will acquire INF Taylor Lindsay, right-handed pitcher R.J. Alvarez and shortstop Jose Rondon and pitcher Elliot Morris
The teams had been discussing a deal for about a week, and things have seemingly come together quickly. On the surface, it seems like the Padres got a good return for their All-Star closer. Here is a little more about the players San Diego acquired. 

2B Taylor Lindsey: Lindsey, 21, was ranked as the Angels #1 prospect (per Baseball America) coming into the 2014 season. He is described by Baseball America as a "scrappy line-drive type of hitter." He is also regarded as a very good low-ball hitter. He is the #93 ranked player in Baseball America's Top 100 prospects. He swings from the left-side and his ceiling is expected to be a .270-.280 hitter with 20 homers. He has drawn comparisons to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis. Lindsay was the 37th overall pick in the 2010 Amateur draft. He is currently playing for AAA Salt Lake in the Angels organization, and has produced a triple-slash line of .247/.323/.400, with eight homers and 30 RBI's. Lindsay is expected to report to AAA El Paso. 

P R.J. Alvarez: Alvarez, 23, was the Angels' 3rd round pick in the 2012 Amateur Draft. Alvarez has pitched almost exclusively in relief in his young career. Alvarez is the #4 prospect in the Angels system, and is described as a power arm with a mid-nineties fastball that can touch 98. His heater is also often praised for its movement and explosiveness. He also has a slider that is described as "plus-pitch" that can touch 85. Alvarez will report to AA San Antonio for the Padres organization. On the year, Alvarez has a 0.33 ERA (1 run in 27 innings), and is averaging nearly 13 strikeouts per nine innings. 

SS: Jose Rondon: Rondon, 20, is a shortstop out of Venezuela. He is the Angels 12th ranked prospect, according to Baseball America. Rondon does not display much power, but scouts have praised his ability to make contact, even though he does not walk much. Rondon also has above-average speed and projects to be an above-average defender. Rondon will head to Single-A Lake Elsinore, allowing Padres fans to get a sneak preview. Rondon has a triple-slash line of .327/.362/.418, with 0 homers and 24 RBI's. 

P Elliot Morris: Morris is not considered one of the Angels top prospects, but was a 4th round pick in the 2013 Amateur Draft. Morris, 22, has a fastball that sits around 89-93 MPH. He has a curveball and a changeup, but he has yet to find consistency with either pitch. Morris will head to Lake Elsinore, to play for the Storm. On the season at Single-A Inland Empire, Morris has a 3-3 record, with a 4.17 ERA in nine starts. 

Trevor Gott, the player the Padres sent to Los Angeles with Street, is not regarded as one of the Padres top-30 prospects. Overall, it seems that the Padres did very well. as they acquired three of the Angels top-12 prospects.

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