Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tampa Bay Rays: David Price LHP #14

40 Rays in 40 Days

David Price
LHP #14
HT:6'6 WT:225

The Dish: Price was the #1 overall pick of the 2007 MLB amateur draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. In his junior season at Vanderbilt University, Price went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 133.1 innings. He won almost every college award imaginable including: Dick Howser Trophy Winner, SEC Pitcher of the Year, SEC Male Athlete of the Year, and Collegiate Baseball's Co-National Player of the Year. The Rays chose to shut down Price after the draft. Despite never throwing a professional pitch there were whispers Price could make the team out of Spring Training, but those talks are dead now.

2007 Numbers:(Vanderbilt) Record 11-1 133.1 IP, 2.63 ERA, 194K, 31BB, .199 BAA

Role for '08: Most likely to start the season at AA(Montgomery) and quickly work through the Rays system. Expect him to be in the big leagues by Sept. 1st.

Jules's Fantasy Impact: Price only has value in a keeper league. If you have an expendable late round pick it wouldn't be bad idea to take a flyer on Price. He may get a cup of coffee in September, but his real fantasy value will be in '08.

Tommy Bottom Line: Hard to predict what Price will do this year. There are many things that can factor in, such as how much innings the Rays will limit him to. If he does get a call up in September, I'll go 1-1 4.02 ERA in 3 Starts.

A Closer look at David Price