A's farmhand and 2004 draft pick Huston Street flashed some of what makes him a top-flight relief prospect in the Desert Dogs 6-4 victory on Monday, October 11. Street, who began the year pitching for the University of Texas, continued his outstanding season, as he recorded a seven-out save for the Phoenix squad.
Street entered the game with two outs and two runners on base in a tight 6-4 game. He was able to hold the Peoria Javelinas to only two more hits and no runs over the next two and a third innings, nailing down his second save of the AFL season. Street struck out two and walked none in his outing. He now has a 1.93 ERA in 4.2 innings pitched in this AFL season. He is averaging over a strike-out an inning.
While General Manager Billy Beane has indicated that Street is likely to start the 2005 season in AAA-Sacramento, there is a chance that Street will start the season with the bullpen-poor A's. If he does make the major league squad in 2004, he will likely fill a middle relief role, so outings like this one where he goes more than one inning will increase his chances of making the A's team. Baseball America recently wrote this about the A's relief prospect: "[I]f he's needed, Street will be ready to handle the pressure of closing, and whatever other pressure he might face. It's what he has done his whole life."
A's middle relief Omar Quintanilla also had a productive day for the Desert Dogs. Quintanilla had a double, a walk and was instrumental in triggering the game-winning rally in the fifth inning. With Phoenix trailing 2-1, Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia organization doubled to lead-off the inning. Quintanilla made a productive out, advancing the runner to third. Ruiz would score on a single to tie the game. The Desert Dogs would tack on two more runs in the inning to take a lead they would not relinquish. A's prospect Jason Perry went 1-4 with a run scored in the game. The Desert Dogs are 4-0 on the season.
AFL Update - October 12: Street shows his mettle
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