Web Analytics and Web Statistics by NextSTAT The Boston Sports Nut: David Price - Tampa Bay Rays -- ROY 2009?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

David Price - Tampa Bay Rays -- ROY 2009?

Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6'6", Weight: 225 lbs Born: August 26, 1985

This promising left-hander could very well be the Rookie of the Year in 2009. He excelled at the A-level, AA and AAA in 2008. With Vero Beach in the FSL, he appeared in 4 games, went 34 innings and was a perfect 4-0 whjle striking out 37 batters.

Moving up to AA Ball with the Montgomery Bisquits in the Southern League he appeared in 9 games and went 7-0. 57 innings, 54 K's.

In AAA, he wasn't quite so superb, but did pretty good before being called up to the Rays in September and now appearing in the playoffs. He went 1-1 for the Durham Bulls. And with Tampa Bay, he went 0-0 in 5 relief appearances throwing 14 innings and having an ERA of 1.93.

Prospect Rankings*2008 - 10th ranked Major League prospect2008 - 2nd ranked organizational prospect for Tampa Bay Devil Rays*According to Baseball America
Drafted: Selected by Los Angeles Dodgers in 19th Round (568th overall) of 2004 amateur entry draft (June-Reg) ... Selected by Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1st Round (1st overall) of 2007 amateur entry draft (June-Reg) Transactions: [Aug 16,2007] - Signed by Devil Rays Signed by: Brad Matthews

2007: Finished 11-1 on the year with 2.63 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 133.1 innings pitched ... 194 strikeouts shatters his school single season record of 155 set last year. It also is the second most in a single season in SEC history behind Ben McDonald's 202 in 1989 ... 11 wins is a career high and is second most in school history ... Strikeout total leads the nation while his strikeouts per nine innings ranks second (12.8) ... First in the league in wins ... First in the league in Innings Pitched ... 12 Double Digit Strikeout games, 7 against SEC opponents ... Vanderbilt is 16-1 in games he started ... Named to the NCAA Nashville Regional All-Tournament team ... Charged with his only loss of the year in a relief performance against Michigan in the championship game of the regional (was pitching on two days rest) ... Tied a career high with 17 strikeouts in nine inning five-hit performance over Austin Peay (6/1) in the first game of the NCAA Nashville Regional.

2006: Third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after posting a 9-5 ledger with a 4.16 ERA ... Set a school record for strikeouts in a single season with 155 (third in NCAA, tops in SEC) in 110.1 innings with just 43 walks ... Was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given to the top player in college baseball ... Was a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award, given to the top pitcher in college baseball ... Was a second-team All-SEC pick by the coaches ... First-team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association ... Was the ace of the USA Baseball National Team's Gold Medal Winning squad that competed at the FISU World University Championships in Cuba over the summer. Finished 5-1 with a 0.20 ERA in eight starts with 61 strikeouts and only seven walks in 44.0 innings ... Named the top prospect on the USA squad, which included 22 of the top collegiate players in the country ... Price won National Pitcher of the Week honors three times this season and had four SEC Weekly Honors as well ...

2005: A Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball ... Went 2-4 with a 2.86 ERA in 19 games including 10 starts ... Showcased dominating stuff with 92 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched ... Opponents only hit .207 against him ... Posted wins over Lipscomb (3/8) and Ole Miss (4/3) ... Did not allow more than four runs in any of his appearances ... Struck out season and career best 11 batters against Tennessee (4/24) and Florida (5/21) ...

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