Huston Lowell Street is a professional baseball player from the United States of America and specializes as a closing pitcher. Born to a football quarterback for the University of Texas, James Street, Huston played both football and baseball at the Westlake High School, lettering in both sports. Like his father, Street went on to attend the University of Texas although he picked baseball as his sport of choice.
Street was excellent at closing games and that ability earned him All-American honours for all four of his seasons playing collegiate ball. In 2002, sophomore year at the University of Texas, Street helped his team win the College World Series and also set the College World Series record for most saves. He was later named as the College World Series MVP. In 2003, he led the longhorns to the semi-finals and went one better in 2004, but ended up losing to Cal State Fullerton.
Street was drafted in the supplemental first round of the 2004 MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics and after just a few months in the minors, he rose sharply to become the first player from the entire 2004 draft picks to play in the Major League. He helped win the Arizona Fall League title and that led to his call-up to the Athletics’ roster for the 2005 season.
And what a season it was for Street!
Octavio Dotel’s injury in May meant that Street would be placed into the closer’s role and he took to it like he was born for it. In 27 chances to save the game, Street converted 23 and ended with a 5-1 win-loss record. He had 72 strikeouts that year and an incredible 1.72 ERA in 78 and one-third innings pitched. It came as no surprise as he was named the MLB Rookie of the Year to become the third Athletics player in a row to win it after Angel Berroa and Bobby Crosby in 2003 and 2004 respectively.
In 2007, he ended up with a 4-4 record and 37 saves (out of 48 chances) to his name in 70.2 innings at an ERA of 3.31 only. His performance just seemed to be on the rise when he was struck by injury in the 2007 season. He came back solidly with a 5-2 record and an ERA of 2.88. He pitched in 50 innings and had 62 strikeouts, making 16 saves on the way.
In 2008, Street again struggled for fitness and ended up losing his closer spot to Brad Ziegler. Towards the end of 2008, Street was traded out to the Colorado Rockies along with Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith in exchange for Matt Holiday. He was chosen as the first choice closing pitcher for the Rockies, sidelining Manuel Corpas in the process.