In an interesting decision by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays rookie pitching phenom David Price is headed to the Minors to fine tune his game.
Must be nice to have so much pitching talent that you can send the favorite to win rookie of the year back to AAA to work on his change-up. Price came up in last years playoffs to face 24 batters and only allow 2 hits.
History : David Price has been dominating hitters for as long as anyone can remember. His stellar career started off in the small town of Murfreesboro, Tennessee pitching for Blackman High School where he would compile a 0.43 ERA and 151 strikeouts. Price would also win many, many awards for his efforts including the Rutherford County MVP Pitcher in 2003 and 2004, the Co-District 7AAA Pitcher of the Year in his senior season, the Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and also received the honor of playing in the 2004 High School All-American Game his senior season.
Just as Price had set records and won awards for his brilliance on the mound in high school, he would continue this as he attended Vanderbilt University. As a freshman, Price received the honor of being named a Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball after posting a 2-4 record, a 2.86 ERA, and racking up 92 strikeouts in only 19 games and 69.1 innings. The following season Price didn’t have as dazzling of a stat line, but he did set a school single season record with 155 strikeouts (he also only gave up 43 walks for a 3.6 K/BB ratio) including one game with 17 against Arkansas.
As impressive as his first two college seasons were, he definitely saved the best for last. In his junior season (which would be his last collegiate season) Price would go 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and would shatter his old school record as he lead the nation with 194 strikeouts (his K/BB ratio this time was an unbelievable 6.26). Price would win many awards that season but none greater than his winning of college baseball’s top honor, the Golden Spikes Award. As sad as Vanderbilt’s team was to see him go, it was time for him to move on.
Drafted by the Rays in 2007 as the 1st overall pick in the first year player draft this lefty is the creme de le creme. Price has a fastball that hits 95 mph and a slurve that falls down to around 77mph that and a mid 80’s plus slider and a developing changeup gives new meaning to the ability to change speeds. Once he harnesses his changeup into a 4th plus pitch in his repertoire he will be seemingly unstoppable front of the rotation type starter for years to come.
So why again is he headed to AAA? Beats me, however you wont see any other teams in the American Leauge East complaining about it.
Here is Davids 2007 highlight reel with Vanderbuilt this guy is good