Tuesday, March 8, 2011

College All American: Huston Street

The current Colorado Rockies closer burst onto the baseball scene in 2002 as a Texas freshman when he was named the Most Outstanding Player of the College World Series. That season he was also named an all-american.

During his three years playing for the Longhorns, he led them on three trips to Omaha and was named to at least one all-american team each season. In 2010, Street was named to the NCAA College World Series Legends Team.

He was a first round pick of the Athletics in 2004 and spent a few months in the minors before he was called up to Oakland. In 2005 Huston became the A's closer when Octavio Dotel went down in May with an elbow injury. Street saved 23 games in 27 chances with a 1.72 ERA. Only Mariano Rivera's 1.38 ERA for the Yankees was better among American League relievers. Street had 72 strikeouts in 78 1/3 innings pitched, and opposing hitters batted only .194 against him. He was rewarded for his effort by being named Rookie of the Year.


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