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Chris Mitchell July 23, 2014 10:47PM EDT
Prospect Breakdown: The Huston Street-Taylor Lindsey Trade

With the Major League baseball trade deadline fast approaching we can expect trades varying from blockbusters to contributing pieces to deals so insignificant that they are more about moving money off the books than any future considerations. We all know the MLB players involved and we all have differing opinions of how good they are, but the way to tell what a major league team thinks of a player is by the caliber of the prospects involved.

From a Fantasy perspective, the Huston Street-Taylor Lindsey trade doesn’t provide a lot to be overly excited about.  Huston Street owners get an upgrade because the Angels should provide more save chances than the Padres. Owners that sat on Joaquin Benoit all season long have finally been rewarded, while Joe Smith’s owners were dealt a punch to the gut because he has been relegated to eighth inning duties and the occasional vulture save.

THE TRADE

Angels receive: Huston Street and Trevor Gott

Padres receive: Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez and Elliot Morris

THE PROSPECTS

ANGELS

Trevor Gott (8-26-92) Reliever

In addition to a closer for now, the Angels got future closer Trevor Gott. Photo Credit: Kevin Collins

In addition to a closer for now, the Angels got future closer Trevor Gott. Photo Credit: Kevin Collins

In Gott, the Angels got a future Street, pardon the pun. He’s an undersized college closer that uses solid stuff, deception and pitching smarts to succeed in the ninth inning.  His repertoire is good but not spectacular, with a mid-90’s fastball, an above average changeup and a functional slider that shows some room to improve.

He dominated as a college closer at the University of Kentucky and has done well closing in the Padres system.  He has averaged a strikeout per inning with 20 saves in 39 appearances since being drafted in June of 2013.

He isn’t a prospect that you want clogging up your minor league system, but he should be a player we hear about in 2016 and beyond as a reliever in the mix for saves.

Fantasy Future:  Remember the name but not worthy of a roster spot.

PADRES

Taylor Lindsey (12-2-91) Second Base  

Lindsey’s Fantasy value is a prime example of why Huston Street is an underrated closer. Lindsey hit 17 homers with four steals in Double-A in 2013, and eight homers with seven steals in Triple-A this season. Lindsey projects as a 15-20 HR bat if he can reach his ceiling. Although, scouts don’t like his swing plane and have doubts that Fantasy owners can rely on fifteen homers a season despite his production in Double-A. He has no projectable stolen base value but projects to have a batting average in the .275-.280 range.

Lindsey was traded to an organization that plays 81 games a season in a severe pitcher’s park; they have a power hitting second base in Jedd Gyorko and a speedy young shortstop in Everth Cabrera. Even if we overlook the negative park factors, Lindsey doesn’t have the tools to be Fantasy relevant as a middle infielder, and he is effectively blocked by existing talent anyway. A move to third base may be needed to find at bats in the majors but his tools play even worse at the hot corner.

Fantasy Future: Limited before the trade, damaged by the change in laundry.

Jose Rondon (3-3-94) Shortstop

There’s not a lot for Fantasy owners to like in Rondon. He will have the same struggles to find at bats in San Diego’s future as fellow ex-Angel Lindsey, and he has even less developed tools. His speed is comparable to Lindsey with absolutely no power.  He does provide an above average hit tool, which is something to like. The defense is fine but not special, so hoping he rides that tool to at bats isn’t a very good bet either.

Fantasy Future: Had no value before, damaged by the change in laundry.

R.J. Alvarez (6-8-92) Reliever

Alvarez was a 22-year-old reliever in Double-A with 38 strikeouts and a 3.30 ERA in 27 innings before the trade. His fastball clocks in the mid-90’s and his secondary stuff is solid without being filthy. He isn’t a future lights out closer but the K rate is promising.

Fantasy Future:  Remember the name but not worthy of a roster spot.

Elliot Morris (4-26-92) Starting Pitcher

At 22 years old, Morris has 84 strikeouts in 85 innings between Low-A and High-A in 2014. The strikeouts show some potential but his average secondary stuff combined with being old for the level suggests that middle inning relief work is his ceiling. He also had Tommy John surgery in 2012.

Fantasy Future: Non-Prospect.

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