The San Diego Padres have traded right-handed pitcher Huston Street and right-handed pitcher Trevor Gott to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for second baseman Taylor Lindsey, shortstop Jose Rondon, right-handed pitcher R.J. Alvarez and right-hander Elliot Morris. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal was the first to report the terms of the deal.
2B Taylor Lindsey
Level before trade: Triple-A
2014 stats: 75 G, .247/.323/.400, 8 HR, 13 2B, 4 3B, 30 RBI, 7 SB (2 CS), 31 BB, 44 K
SS Jose Rondon
Level before trade: Single-A
2014 stats: 74 G, .327/.362/.418, 0 HR, 17 2B, 5 3B, 24 RBI, 10 SB (7 CS), 17 BB, 50 K
RHP R.J. Alvarez
Level before trade: Double-A
2014 stats: 21 G, 27 IP, 0-0, 0.33 ERA, 0.852 WHIP, 2 R (1 ER), 38 K/10 BB (2 IBB), 3 HBP
RHP Elliot Morris
Level before trade: High-A
2014 stats: Single-A: 8 G/7 GS, 40 IP, 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.050 WHIP, 44 K/13 BB
High-A: 9 GS, 3-3, 45.1 IP, 4.17 ERA, 1.434 WHIP, 40 K/28 BB
Street went 24-for-25 in save opportunities with the Padres this season. The 30-year-old has posted a 1.09 ERA and a 0.758 WHIP in 33 innings this season. If he keeps pitching well, the Angels' $7 million team option for next season will be a bargain.
Street will be missed in the Padres bullpen, but Joaquin Benoit will likely take over as closer—for now at least. Street can help a contender this season, but this trade was about the future for San Diego.
Lindsey was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2010 MLB draft. He was the Angels’ second-ranked prospect, via the team’s official site. Baseball America ranked Lindsey as the team’s top prospect before the season started.
Before this season, the second baseman had not had a batting average below .274, and his power numbers continued to improve. He has played at a new level in every season, so he has been zooming through the Angels’ system.
Lindsey has done a good job of putting the ball in play. Last season, he struck out only 91 times in 566 plate appearances. This season, he had only 44 walks compared to 32 walks in 343 plate appearances.
Lindsey doesn’t project to be a prolific power hitter or a standout in any one area, but he is a solid all-around player.
San Diego will also reportedly receive shortstop Jose Rondon in the deal. The right-handed batter was the fifth-ranked prospect in the Angels' system.
Rondon is currently in his fourth professional season. For the first time, he made it past rookie ball this year. He has shown the ability to put the bat on the ball and get hits, but power isn't part of his game. He has only two home runs in 958 at-bats over four seasons.
Alvarez was the Angels' third-round pick in the 2012 MLB draft and was ranked sixth in the team's farm system. Like Lindsey, he has played at a different been promoted to a new level at the end of each season.
Alvarez has a strong fastball, a good slider and a decent changeup. As long as he continues to locate his fastball and slider, he will be an effective reliever.
By getting Lindsey, Alvarez and Rondon, the Padres are getting three of the Angels top-six prospects. That's a pretty good haul, and that's not all they got in the deal.
Morris was the Angels' 18th-best prospect. The right-hander tore his ulnar collateral ligament in the fall of 2010 while at junior college and missed all of the 2011 season before getting back on the mound in 2012. He proved that his arm was strong enough to pitch, and the Angels drafted him in the fourth round of last year's draft.
Morris' fastball can reach the mid-90s, and it is his best pitch. His curveball looks promising, and he also possesses a changeup. If he is going to continue to be a starter, his control needs to improve (41 walks in 85.1 innings this season) and so do his secondary pitches.
The future looks bright for San Diego. The Padres got three top-six prospects and another top-20 prospect in exchange for their closer and a minor league pitcher. Considering the Padres have someone who can take over for Bell, they made out very well in this deal.