May 4, 2011 5:38 PM by Lee Douglas
Huston Street of the Colorado Rockies has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for April, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball. The winner was announced live on MLB Network today.
Street finished the month with a 2.20 ERA and a Major League-best 10 saves after converting each of his save opportunities. In 16.1 innings pitched over 15 appearances, the 27-year-old right-hander permitted four earned runs on 13 hits with four walks and 17 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .217 batting average. In addition, Street's 12 games finished during April tied for the Major League lead. The 2005 American League Rookie of the Year tossed 3.0 innings in an extra-inning loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on April 8th. The outing marked just the second time in his career that he pitched at least 3.0 innings. The 40th overall selection of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft (by the Oakland Athletics) hurled a career-high 3.1 innings on July 10, 2005 against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The University of Texas at Austin product closed out back-to-back games on three occasions: April 5th-6th against the Los Angeles Dodgers at home; April 10th-11th at the Pirates and New York Mets at Citi Field; and April 25th-26th against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Since joining the Rockies in 2009, Huston has converted 65 saves out of 72 opportunities. His 90.3 save percentage as Rockies closer is the highest in club history among pitchers with a minimum of 10 save opportunities.