Huston Street

Huston Lowell Street (/ˈhjuːstən/ (listen); born August 2, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played 13 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels.

After a standout college baseball career for the Texas Longhorns, the Athletics drafted Street in the first round of the 2004 MLB draft. He won the MLB Rookie of the Year Award in 2005, and was named an All-Star in 2012 and 2014.

Huston Street
Huston Street on May 16, 2015
Street with the Los Angeles Angels
Relief pitcher
Born: August 2, 1983 (age 35)
Austin, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2005, for the Oakland Athletics
Last MLB appearance
July 2, 2017, for the Los Angeles Angels
MLB statistics
Win–loss record42–34
Earned run average2.95
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2003 Santo Domingo Team competition

Early career

High school and college

Street attended Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, from 1997 to 2001, where he lettered in both football[1] and baseball, winning all-state and all-district honors in both sports.[2] He then attended the University of Texas at Austin from 2001–2004, where he pitched for the school's baseball team. Statistically one of the best collegiate closers of all time, Street is in the top 20 for career saves (41) and fewest hits allowed per nine innings (5.46).[3] Street received All-American honors at Texas every season he was there, and helped his team win the College World Series of collegiate baseball in 2002. In that season, he set a CWS record for the most saves and was named Most Outstanding Player. He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2003.[4] A year later, Street led the Longhorns to the Series semifinals, and in 2004, he helped his team to the finals, only to lose in two games to Cal State Fullerton. In 2010, Street was named to the NCAA College World Series Legends Team.[5]

Professional career

Oakland Athletics

Drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the first round, 40th overall, of the 2004 Major League Baseball draft, Street spent a few months in the minor leagues, spending no more than a month at each level. He then was invited to the Arizona Fall League where his team took the championship.

Huston Street
Street during his tenure with the Oakland Athletics

Street was called up to the major leagues at the start of the 2005 season. He became Oakland's closer when incumbent Octavio Dotel went down in May with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Street saved 23 games in 27 chances to go along with a 5–1 record, 72 strikeouts, and 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​13 innings pitched, and opposing hitters batted only .194 against him. He was rewarded for his effort by being named Rookie of the Year, as the third player in a row who had spent some time in the Athletics organization (after Ángel Berroa in 2003, and Bobby Crosby in 2004).

Street continued to serve as the closer for the A's in 2006. He finished the season with a 4-4 record, 37 saves, 67 strikeouts, a 3.31 ERA in 70.2 innings pitched, and 11 blown saves. On October 14, Street gave up a walk-off three-run home run to Magglio Ordóñez of the Detroit Tigers in Game 4 of the 2006 ALCS that ended the A's postseason. Street had a solid season in 2007, despite missing time with an injury. He went 5–2 with a 2.88 ERA, with 16 saves and 62 strikeouts in 50 innings. Street struggled somewhat with a nagging injury in 2008. After a rough stretch in July and August, he lost his closer position to rookie Brad Ziegler. Street's health and pitching improved, although Ziegler continued to close.

Colorado Rockies

On November 12, 2008, Street was traded to the Colorado Rockies with outfielder Carlos González and pitcher Greg Smith for outfielder Matt Holliday.[6]

He beat out Manny Corpas to earn the role of the Rockies' closing pitcher for the 2009 season.[7] After poor performances by Street, Corpas was renamed the closer on April 17;[8] however, Corpas also pitched poorly, and the closer job was given back to Street on May 1.[9] Since that time, Street excelled in the closer role and was a key cog in the Rockies' mid-season run back into the race (16–1 from June 4 to 22). He finished 2009 with 35 saves in 37 opportunities, a 3.06 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 61.2 innings.

After a 2009 season in which he blew only two saves, Street struggled during the playoffs for the Rockies. In Game 4 of the 2009 National League Division Series, Street entered the ninth inning with the Rockies leading 4–2. He was able to record the first two outs before allowing three runs that gave the Phillies a 5–4 win and a series victory. Before the 2010 season, Street and the Rockies agreed on a three-year $22.5 million contract with an option for 2013.[10]

Street missed the first two-and-a-half months of the season of the 2010 season with shoulder soreness,[11] but on returning to the team he assumed the role of closer. Prior to a game on July 26, 2010, Street was struck in the midsection by a line drive during batting practice. He fainted several times from the pain and needed to be taken off the field in an ambulance, but he avoided the disabled list.[12] Street finished 2010 with 20 saves in 25 opportunities and a 3.61 ERA.

Street opened 2011 as the Rockies closer, saving 29 games in 32 opportunities through early August. He suffered a right triceps strain and was sent to the 15-day disabled list on August 12.[13] When he returned, he worked in the role of set-up man while Rafael Betancourt remained as closer.[14] Street finished 2011 with a 3.86 ERA and 55 strike-outs versus 9 walks in 58.1 innings.

San Diego Padres

Huston Street on May 14, 2013
Street pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2013

Street was traded by the Rockies to the San Diego Padres for left hander Nick Schmidt on December 7, 2011. The Padres picked up all but $500,000 of Street's remaining contract,[15] and he moved immediately into the closer role vacated by Heath Bell. Street missed a month with a right shoulder strain,[16] but otherwise had an excellent first half with the Padres. He compiled a 1.13 ERA, was 13 for 13 in converting save opportunities, and did not allow a home run in his 25 games, earning a selection to his first All-Star Game.[17] On July 29, 2012, the Padres and Street agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension with a club option for the 2015 season.[18]

On August 10, 2012, Street suffered a strained left calf while fielding the final out of the game and missed the next six weeks.[19] At the time of the injury, he had not allowed a run since June 17. He returned to pitch in three more games at the end of the season, earning his 200th career save in his first game back.[20] His only blown save, loss, and home runs given up for the season (two) all occurred in his final appearance of the year against the San Francisco Giants. Street finished the 2012 season with 23 saves in 24 chances and a 1.85 ERA in 39 innings pitched, striking out 47 against 11 walks.

Street had difficulties in the first half of the 2013 season, giving up 10 home runs in 26​13 innings through June 23.[21] But he followed that with a streak of 20​13 scoreless innings from June 26 through September 3, earning the National League Player of the Week honor for the week ending September 8.[22] Street appeared in 58 games in 2013, missing only a couple weeks in early June with a calf strain.[23] He converted 33 of 35 save opportunities and posted a 2.70 ERA, striking out 46 and walking 14 in 56​23 innings.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Los Angeles Angels

On July 19, 2014, Street was traded to the Los Angeles Angels with Trevor Gott in exchange for Taylor Lindsey, José Rondón, R. J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris.[24][25] After joining the Angels, Street recorded 10 saves in a row without allowing any run, providing a huge upgrade for the struggling Angels bullpen.

In May 2015, Street signed a two-year contract extension with the Angels worth $18 million.[26]

On July 22, 2015, Street recorded his 300th career save in a victory over the Minnesota Twins, becoming the 27th pitcher all time to reach the 300 saves milestone.[27]

After struggling for most of the 2016 season, Street was ruled out for the remainder of the year after undergoing right knee surgery on August 24.[28]

Street was activated from the disabled list on June 22, 2017 to play for the first time since 2016.[29] He made his season debut on June 23, pitching a scoreless inning with one strikeout.[30] He went back on the disabled list and was ruled out for the season, only pitching in 4 games.

On March 29, 2018, Street announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Twitter after battling injuries for the last two seasons.[31]


Unlike most closers, Street is a finesse pitcher instead of a power pitcher. Street's fastball usually hovers in the 88-92 mph range, but has exceptional tailing movement. He also features a sharp slider at 84–86 mph that he uses frequently against righties, as well as a good circle changeup at around the 82–84 mph range with splitter-like movement that he uses effectively against lefties.

Personal life

Street's father was former University of Texas quarterback James Street, and his brother Juston Street was previously a pitcher for the minor league Vancouver Canadians. Street and his wife, Lacey, have three sons named Ripken Rae Street, Ryder James Street, and Rafe William Street.[32]


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  2. ^ "". Retrieved July 25, 2015.
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  4. ^ "USA Baseball Awards and Honors".
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  6. ^ "A's acquire OF Matt Holliday from Colorado – Official Info". Oakland Athletics. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  7. ^ Street Beats Out Corpas for Closing Spot, April 3, 2009
  8. ^ Corpas to take over closing duties, Colorado Rockies. Published April 17, 2009. Retrieved April 22, 2009.
  9. ^ Harding, Thomas. Let's play musical closers Archived May 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Colorado Rockies. Published May 1, 2009. Retrieved May 3, 2009.
  10. ^ "Street finalizes contract with Rockies". January 27, 2010. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  11. ^ Renck, Troy (March 17, 2010). "Rockies closer Street suffers shoulder setback". The Denver Post. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  12. ^ Armstrong, Jim (July 27, 2010). "Street escapes serious injury, resting at home". Blog: On the Rox. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  13. ^ "Rockies place Huston Street on DL". August 12, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  14. ^ "Rockies' Betancourt to stay in closer role for now". The Denver Post. August 27, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  15. ^ Brock, Corey (December 7, 2011). "Padres trade for Street, fill closer vacancy". Retrieved December 7, 2011.
  16. ^ Center, Bill (May 5, 2012). "Padres lose game, maybe Street". The San Diego Union-Tribune.
  17. ^ Sanders, Jeff (July 9, 2012). "Padres: Street latest in long line of Padres closers to make All-Star team". North County Times. Archived from the original on July 14, 2012.
  18. ^ Brock, Corey (July 29, 2012). "Street signs two-year extension to stay in SD". Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  19. ^ Jenkins, Chris (August 10, 2010). "Headley homers torment Bucs". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved January 7, 2013.
  20. ^ Brock, Corey (September 25, 2012). "For Street, 200th save is just 'a stop along the way'". Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  21. ^ "Huston Street allows two HRs, Dodgers rally past Padres". Sporting News. June 23, 2013. Archived from the original on November 4, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  22. ^ "Huston Street of the San Diego Padres named National League Player of the Week". MLB Press Release. September 9, 2013. Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  23. ^ Brock, Corey (June 1, 2013). "Street to 15-day DL with left calf strain". Retrieved November 3, 2013.
  24. ^ "Padres announce six-player trade with Los Angeles Angels". July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  25. ^ "Angels acquire closer Huston Street from Padres". Associated Press. July 19, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  26. ^ Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle via AP Images. "Huston Street signs contract extension with Los Angeles Angels – MLB –". Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  27. ^ Los Angeles Times (July 23, 2015). "Huston Street credits Trevor Hoffman after picking up 300th save". Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  28. ^ "Angels closer Huston Street has season-ending surgery". August 24, 2016. Retrieved August 27, 2016.
  29. ^ Adams, Steve (June 22, 2017). "AL West Notes: Street, Shoemaker, Astros, Vogt". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  30. ^ "Angels' Huston Street: Fires scoreless frame in 2017 debut". June 24, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  31. ^ Bermudez, Nico (March 30, 2018). "Former All-Star Closer Huston Street Sneakily Announces His Retirement". 12UP. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  32. ^ "Street returns after birth of son Ripken | News". Retrieved July 10, 2012.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Khalil Greene
Baseball America Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
Justin Verlander
Preceded by
Bobby Crosby
Players Choice AL Most Outstanding Rookie
Succeeded by
Justin Verlander
2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2002 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 2002 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifty sixth year. Sixteen regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event, with each winner advancing to a best of three series against another regional champion for the right to play in the College World Series. Each region was composed of four teams, resulting in 64 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The fifty-sixth tournament's champion was Texas, coached by Augie Garrido. This was Texas' first title since 1983, but Augie Garrido previously won three titles with Cal State Fullerton. The Most Outstanding Player was Huston Street of Texas.

Due to fears over terrorism and travel security in the wake of the September 11 attacks, the Division I Baseball Committee, which selects the 64-team field and places the teams on the bracket, was ordered by the NCAA to keep regional pairings as localized as possible, in order to minimize the number of plane trips utilized. Due to these travel constraints, teams from the same conference were allowed to play in the same regional for the first time. An example of the travel restrictions came from the regional in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, featuring four schools from the Bayou State which are located a total of 130 miles (210 km) apart along Interstate 10, the first time (and to date, last) a regional has been entirely an in-state affair outside California, Florida, and Texas. The travel restrictions were eased in 2003, and the ban on conference teams facing each other in regional play was reinstated.

2003 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2003 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2004 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes four different All-America selectors for the 2004 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), Collegiate Baseball (since 1991), and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (since 2001).

2004 Major League Baseball draft

The 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, was held on June 7 and 8. It was conducted via conference call with representatives from each of the league's 30 teams. The draft marked the first time three players from the same university were chosen in the

first ten picks.

Source: 2004 Draft Tracker

2005 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 2005 season was their 37th in Oakland, California. It was also the 105th season in franchise history. The team finished second in the American League West with a record of 88-74.

The Athletics entered the 2005 season with low expectations. The team had won more than ninety games in each of the previous five seasons; despite this, there were concerns about the team's starting pitching. During the 2004–05 offseason, general manager Billy Beane traded two of the team's so-called "Big Three" starting pitchers. Beane traded two of the three, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder, to the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals (respectively); in both instances, he received prospects in return. The A's retained All-Star starter Barry Zito; despite this, many worried about the quality of the team's remaining starters. Some even picked the Athletics to finish last in the American League West, despite their having finished second (one game behind the Anaheim Angels) just months prior.

The A's seemed to validate these concerns in the early days of the 2005 season. On May 29, they were 17-32 (the third-worst record in baseball at the time); moreover, the team trailed the division-leading Angels by 12.5 games. The Athletics would follow this poor start with a stunning turnaround. From May 30 to August 13, Oakland would go a league-best 50-17. The surge was brought about, in large part, by the strong pitching of young starters Dan Haren (received in the Mulder trade), Rich Harden, and Joe Blanton. The team stunningly erased their 12.5 game deficit over this span. Oakland would pace the Angels well into September; at their peak, on August 30, the A's actually led the Angels by two games. In the end, though, the team fell short; a collapse in the second half of the 2005 season, combined with a dramatic Angels surge, saw the Athletics finish seven games out of first place.

The 2005 season also saw Athletics closer Huston Street win the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Street earned the honor after posting a 1.72 earned run average in his first major-league season; he did so while recording 23 saves. The Rookie of the Year Award was Oakland's second in as many years (and sixth overall).

2006 American League Championship Series

The 2006 American League Championship Series (ALCS), the second round of the 2006 American League playoffs, began on October 10 and ended on October 14. The wild card Detroit Tigers swept the Western Division champion Oakland Athletics 4 games to none to advance to the 2006 World Series, and became the fourth AL team to win 10 pennants, joining the New York Yankees (39), the Athletics (15), and the Boston Red Sox (11). Magglio Ordóñez's game-winning walk-off home run in the bottom of the 9th inning of Game 4 sealed the pennant for the Tigers. This ALCS marked the 5th different AL pennant winner in as many years (following 2005 with the White Sox, 2004 with the Red Sox, 2003 with the Yankees, and 2002 with the Angels).

The Athletics defeated the Minnesota Twins 3 games to none in the AL Division Series, and the Tigers defeated the Yankees 3 games to 1. The Tigers faced the National League champions St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, but lost in five games. The Athletics had home-field advantage (despite the Tigers having a better regular season record) as the wild card team defers home field advantage in the LCS regardless of regular season record.

The Athletics were seeking their first AL pennant since 1990, while the Tigers captured the league title for the first time since their win in the 1984 World Series. The series was a rematch of the 1972 American League Championship Series (then a best-of-five series), in which Oakland defeated Detroit in 5 games. Detroit manager Jim Leyland, who led the Florida Marlins to the 1997 World Series title, became the seventh manager in history to win pennants in both leagues. It was the second consecutive ALCS without the Yankees and Red Sox.

2006 American League Division Series

The 2006 American League Division Series (ALDS), the opening round of the 2006 American League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three AL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) New York Yankees (Eastern Division champions, 97–65) vs. (4) Detroit Tigers (Wild Card, 95–67); Tigers win series, 3–1.

(2) Minnesota Twins (Central Division champions, 96–66) vs. (3) Oakland Athletics (Western Division champions, 93–69); Athletics win series, 3–0.The Athletics and Tigers met in the AL Championship Series, where a Detroit sweep made the Tigers the American League champions. The Tigers then faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2006 World Series, and lost, four games to one.

2009 National League Division Series

The 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The NLDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Monday, October 12. TBS televised all games in the United States. The matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.

The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.

2013 San Francisco Giants season

The 2013 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 131st year in Major League Baseball, their fifty-sixth year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their fourteenth at AT&T Park. They entered the season as the defending World Series Champions.

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

David Maroul

David William Maroul (born February 15, 1983 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former baseball player. He was the 2005 College World Series Most Outstanding Player. He played collegiately for the Texas Longhorns. He is one of six players from University of Texas at Austin to win that award. The others are: Tom Hamilton, Mickey Reichenbach, Calvin Schiraldi, Huston Street and J.L. Smith.

Prior to attending University of Texas at Austin, he attended Western Hills High School.

Maroul's image was used for the cover of the EA Sports video game MVP '06 NCAA Baseball.

With Texas, he hit .224 in 2004 and .251 in 2005.

Maroul was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Francisco Giants, and began his professional career that same year. He split the year between the AZL Giants and the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, hitting a combined .275 with six home runs and 32 RBI. In 204 at-bats, he struck out 68 times and walked only six times.

In 2006, Maroul played for the Augusta Greenjackets, hitting .249 with 11 home runs and 67 RBI in 393 at-bats. He walked 25 times and had 123 strikeouts. With the San Jose Giants in 2007, Maroul hit .221 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI, 25 walks and 112 strikeouts in 420 at-bats. He played for the Waikiki Beach Boys of the Hawaiian Winter League that year as well. He played for the Connecticut Defenders in 2008, hitting .230 with 10 home runs, 35 RBI, 21 walks and 110 strikeouts in 366 at-bats. In 2009, he played for the San Jose Giants, Connecticut Defenders and Fresno Grizzlies, hitting a combined .220 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 63 games.

Houston Street

Houston Street ( HOW-stən) is a major east-west thoroughfare in downtown Manhattan, running crosstown across the full width of the island of Manhattan, from Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive (FDR Drive) and East River Park on the East River to Pier 40 and West Street on the Hudson River. It generally serves as the boundary between neighborhoods, with Alphabet City, the East Village, NoHo, Greenwich Village, and the West Village lying to the north of the street, and the Lower East Side, most of the Bowery, Nolita, and SoHo to the south. The numeric street-naming grid in Manhattan, created as part of the Commissioners' Plan of 1811, begins immediately north of Houston Street with 1st Street at Avenue A, although the grid does not fully come into effect until 13th Street.The street's name is pronounced "HOW-stən", unlike the city of Houston in Texas, which is pronounced "HYOO-stən". This is because the street was named for William Houstoun, whereas the city was named for Sam Houston.

José Rondón

José Gregorio Rondón Hidalgo (born March 3, 1994) is a Venezuelan professional baseball shortstop for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres.

List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks

The Oakland Athletics (the A's) are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The Athletics had played in Philadelphia from 1901 to 1954 and then Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 before moving to Oakland. Since the establishment of the Rule 4 Draft the Athletics have selected 77 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of these 80 players, 36 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 27 of these were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. Fifteen outfielders, including one center fielder, and 13 shortstops were selected. The A's have also drafted six catchers, five third basemen, four first basemen, and one second baseman in the first round. Additionally, 23 players came from high schools or universities in the A's home state of California, followed by 10 from Texas and Florida. They also drafted Ariel Prieto in 1995, who had defected from Cuba the year before. Prieto made his major league debut in 1995, one of 20 players in draft history to go directly to the majors without playing in the minor leagues.Three Athletics' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Reggie Jackson (1966) won World Series titles with the team in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Mark McGwire (1984) and Walt Weiss (1985) won with the 1989 championship team. Four A's first-round picks have gone on to win the Rookie of the Year Award: McGwire in 1987, Weiss in 1988, Ben Grieve (1994) in 1998, and Huston Street (2004) in 2005. Jackson also won a Most Valuable Player award in 1973, and Barry Zito (1999) won a Cy Young Award in 2002, making them the A's only picks to win these awards. Reggie Jackson, elected in 1993, is their only pick in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although eligible McGwire has not been elected despite over 500 career home runs and briefly holding the single-season home run record (70). Some see McGwire's exclusion as a sign that the Hall is hesitant to elect players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs as McGwire was suspected of steroid use (he later admitted his use in 2010). The Athletics have made nineteen selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection once: in the first draft in 1965.The Athletics have failed to sign three first-round draft picks, although they did not receive a compensation pick for any of them. The first such player not signed was Pete Broberg in 1968. The A's also failed to sign both of their draft picks in 1979, Juan Bustabad and Mike Stenhouse. The Athletics have had ten compensatory picks overall since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.

Mickey Reichenbach

Michael Neal Reichenbach (born 1953) was a first baseman who is most notable for winning the 1975 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award while a sophomore at University of Texas at Austin. He hit .455 with three doubles and a home run to earn the honor. On the season, he hit .386. He is one of six players from University of Texas at Austin to win that award. The others are: J.L. Smith, Tom Hamilton, Calvin Schiraldi, Huston Street and David Maroul.

He was drafted two different times. The first time, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 31st round of the 1975 amateur draft. He chose not to sign. When he was taken in the 14th round of the 1977 amateur draft, he did sign. He played three years in the minors, never reaching the big leagues. Professionally, he was used as a pitcher.

In 1977, he played for the Daytona Beach Islanders, going 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in 10 games. He played for the Fort Myers Royals and Jacksonville Suns in 1978, going 6-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 15 games with the Royals and 2-1 with a 2.00 ERA in seven games with the Suns. In 1979, his final professional season, he again played for the Fort Myers Royals and Suns, and also with the Bakersfield Outlaws. For the Royals, he went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four games. For the Suns, he went 0-0 with a 6.14 ERA in 10 games. With the Outlaws, he went 0-1 with a 24.30 ERA in five games.

Taylor Lindsey

Taylor Thomas Lindsey (born December 2, 1991) is a professional baseball player who is currently a free agent.

Lindsey was drafted 37th overall by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, out of Desert Mountain High School. Prior to the 2014 season, Baseball America rated Lindsey the 93rd best prospect in baseball.On July 19, 2014, Lindsey was traded to the San Diego Padres with José Rondón, R. J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris in exchange for Huston Street and Trevor Gott. On November 20, 2014, the Padres added Lindsey to their 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft. Lindsey was designated for assignment on August 11, 2015.

On April 20, 2017, Lindsey signed with the Laredo Lemurs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He became a free agent on May 9, 2017, when the Lemurs folded.

Texas Longhorns baseball

The Texas Longhorns baseball team represents The University of Texas at Austin in NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's baseball competition. The Longhorns currently compete in the Big 12 Conference.

The University of Texas began varsity intercollegiate competition in baseball in 1894. Texas is the winningest NCAA Division I college baseball program in terms of win percentage, with an all-time win-loss record of 3558–1323–32 (.727). The Longhorns rank second in all-time wins as of June 11, 2018, behind the Fordham Rams. As of the end of the 2018 conference season, Texas has won 78 regular season conference championships and 16 conference tournament championships in baseball.The Longhorns have won six NCAA baseball national championships (1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002, and 2005) — second to Southern California's total of 12 — and have been the runner-up in the College World Series (CWS) Championship Games on six other occasions (1953, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2004, and 2009). Texas holds the records for most appearances in the College World Series (36), most individual CWS games won (85), most overall NCAA Tournament games won (240), and most NCAA Tournament appearances (59); the second-place programs in these categories have 25 CWS appearances (Miami), wins in 74 CWS games (Southern California), 192 overall NCAA Tournament wins (Florida State and Miami), and 56 NCAA Tournament appearances (Florida State), as of June 11, 2018.

Former Longhorns who have gone on to success in Major League Baseball include Roger Clemens, Calvin Schiraldi, Burt Hooton, Keith Moreland, Spike Owen, Mark Petkovsek, Greg Swindell, Brandon Belt, and Huston Street.

From 1997 to 2016, the Longhorns were led by head coach Augie Garrido, who holds the record for most wins in NCAA baseball history. The team is currently led by third-year head coach David Pierce. Texas plays its home games at UFCU-Disch-Falk Field.

Tom Hamilton (baseball)

Thomas Ball Hamilton (September 29, 1925 – November 29, 1973) was a Major League Baseball player who played in 1952 and 1953 for the Philadelphia Athletics. He batted left-handed and threw right-handed, and he was 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) tall and 213 pounds. Used primarily as a pinch hitter, Hamilton appeared in the field in only 14 of the 67 games he played.

Prior to playing professional baseball, Tom Hamilton attended the University of Texas at Austin, with whom he won the 1949 College World Series Most Outstanding Player award in the first year it was awarded. He is one of six players from University of Texas at Austin to win that award. The others are: J. L. Smith, Mickey Reichenbach, Calvin Schiraldi, Huston Street and David Maroul. In both 1948 and 1949, he was an All-SWC first baseman, and in 1949 he was also a first-team All-American. He hit .417 with a .848 slugging percentage in 1949.

He also played basketball at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a center. He was an All-SWC basketball selection in 1950, and he was the first player in school history to score 1,000 points.

Hamilton was signed by the Athletics in 1950, as an amateur free agent. He made his big league debut a couple years later, on September 4, 1952. He appeared in nine games in 1952, collecting two hits in 10 at-bats for a .200 batting average. In 1953, he played in 58 games, although he had only 56 at-bats. He hit .196 with no home runs and five RBI that year. On September 13, he played his final big league game. Overall, Hamilton hit .197 with no home runs and six RBI in 66 career at-bats.

Although his big league career was over, his professional career was not. For example, on December 13, 1953, he was involved in a huge 11 player trade between the Athletics and New York Yankees. He was traded with Loren Babe, Harry Byrd, Carmen Mauro, and Eddie Robinson for Don Bollweg, Johnny Gray, Jim Robertson, Jim Finigan, Vic Power, and Bill Renna.

In 1971, he was elected to the University of Texas to Austin Hall of Honor.

He served as the baseball coach and athletic director at St. Edward's University at the time of his death in 1973. Following his death, he was buried in Cook-Walden Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville, Texas.

Westlake High School (Texas)

Westlake High School is a public high school in unincorporated territory of Travis County, Texas, west of and adjacent to Austin. The school is a part of the Eanes Independent School District. Westlake High School is the only high school in the Eanes ISD and serves West Lake Hills, Rollingwood, parts of Southwest Austin, and parts of unincorporated Travis County. The school was established in 1969 and opened in 1970.

In 2011, Westlake was ranked 72 on Newsweek Magazine's list of America's top High Schools. In 2012, Westlake was #160 in the Newsweek poll. In 2013, Westlake was #93 and in 2014, Westlake was #117.In high school rankings by The Washington Post, Westlake was #136 in 2014 and 2013. In 2012, it was #106 in The Washington Post poll, #59 in 2011, and #52 in 2010.

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