You would be hard pressed to find a prospect that had a better 2008 season than David Price. Price made his debut after missing the first month of the season with elbow soreness. When he returned, Price rocketed through three levels of the Tampa Bay Rays system winning his first 11 decisions before losing in his debut at AAA Durham. Price then earned a September call up where he was dominant in 14 innings, holding hitters to a .176 BA. Price's dominance continued during the playoffs where Rays manager Joe Madden used him strictly in relief. Price pitched 5 games during the post season going 1-0 with a championship clinching save in Game 7 against the Boston Red Sox.
Price has a wicked mid-90's fastball that he throws with a three-quarters arm slot that is difficult for left handed hitters to pick up. His slider is a plus-plus strikeouts pitch that has a wide sweeping break similar to Randy Johnson's. Price also has a third plus pitch, a changeup that has a heavy fade late in the strike zone. In addition to his arsenal of top notch pitches, Price is a tough competitor with good makeup and a real feel for pitching. He adds and subtracts velocities to his pitches effectively. One area of work for Price will be to become more consistent with locating his pitches, especially his fastball. Price struggled a bit with his control at AAA and at times during the playoffs, though with his considerable talent, this should not be a long term concern.
2009 Projection: Price is a shoe-in for a spot in the middle of Tampa Bay's 2009 rotation. He will almost certainly be one of the front runners for the A.L. Rookie of the Year. The Rays should be vying for another post season berth and Price's contributions in that talented young rotation will be integral. Expect the values of his 2007 Bowman Sterling and Donruss Elite Extra autographs to remain strong throughout the season.
Key David Price Baseball Cards:
- 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft David Price
- 2007 Bowman Sterling David Price Auto
- 2007 Donruss Elite Extra David Price Auto #/500
- 2008 Bowman Chrome David Price Auto
DAVID PRICE & ANDREW MILLER 2007 Just Minors Black Rookie Card RC Auto #31 (4/5)
DAVID PRICE 2009 BOWMAN ROOKIE CARD RC #213 TAMPA BAY RAYS SP BV$10
David Price 2009 Upper Deck A PIECE OF HISTORY GREEN AUTOGRAPH RC /25 AUTO Rays
Lot 18 Different DAVID PRICE Baseball Cards INC Rookie & USA RC Tampa Bay Rays
(4) 2007 ELITE EXTRA DAVID PRICE 4 CARD RC LOT #5 RAYS VANDERBILT CY YOUNG
2009 Topps Heritage #73 DAVID PRICE RC (Rays)
2007 Bowman Draft Draft Picks #BDPP55 David Price RC ROOKIE 2 CARD LOT AL CY YOU
2009 UPPER DECK ICONS - AUTOGRAPH - DAVID PRICE RC /150
2009 UD Goudey #183 David Price RC ROOKIE 2 CARD LOT AL CY YOUNG RAYS