By Todd Farino, The Closer Report
Huston Street has a new scene and it’s lovely San Diego. The veteran closer moves from the cold and home run filled Coors Field to the comfortable stretches of Petco Park, where hitters go to die and pitchers love to thrive. This is a huge flip for Street. Not only will he find huge success in San Diego, but balls that would float out of Coors field will be tracked down in the deep bales of PETCO Park.
Huston Street is not the favorite of most fantasy owners. He is often injured and has some consistency issues later in the season. With that said, he is one of the more stable tier 2 closers and by going to the Padres I expect similar results that Heath Bell found in San Diego.
Street has a history of injury, particularly with his elbow. Last season, Street was on the DL only once from August 9-26. It isn’t uncommon to see pitchers hit the DL later in the season from overuse. At 29 years old, Street’s age is not a factor. What is a concern is limiting his appearances to keep him healthy the entire season similar to the way the Red Sox handled Jonathan Papelbon. We will see how San Diego uses Street and hopefully avoids a trip to the DL.
As a fantasy closer, Street is capable of putting up good strikeout numbers and plenty of saves. He’s to the best closer for ERA and WHIP, but that could change with being in San Diego. Right now, I’m not projecting a drop in ERA, but it is possible.
Street uses a Fastball, Slider, Change-up mix and that is devastating to hitters. His fastball is his most effective pitch because his change-up keeps hitters honest.
The Closer Report 2012 Projections: 42 Sv – 5 Wins – 3.42 ERA – 1.17 WHIP – 60 Ks
2012 Fantasy Draft Analysis:
Street is always undervalued in fantasy drafts, but it’s actually a smart move based on his injury past. His current ADP has him at 189, but he can go much later. I place Street at a round 13 to 14 value. If you get him there, good move. If you get him later than that, it’s a steal. He will likely produce like a 9-10 round pick, so definitely get this guy if the price is right.