David Price (baseball)

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David Price
David Price on August 19, 2013.jpg
Price with the Tampa Bay Rays
Detroit Tigers – No. 14
Starting pitcher
Born: (1985-08-26) August 26, 1985 (age 29)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 14, 2008 for the Tampa Bay Rays
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 85–51
Earned run average 3.22
Strikeouts 1,139
Career highlights and awards
David Price
Medal record
Men's baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Championship
Gold 2006 Havana National team
Price in 2009

David Taylor Price (born August 26, 1985)[1] is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Price was selected first overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays and made his major league debut in September 2008.

Price pitched out of the bullpen during the Rays run through the 2008 playoffs. Just weeks after his first appearance in the big leagues, he earned a memorable save in Game 7 of the ALCS, helping his club reach their first World Series. Price became a full-time starting pitcher in 2009. In his second full season, he was named the American League starter for the 2010 All-Star Game and finished second in the voting for the 2010 Cy Young Award. He won his first Cy Young Award in 2012 after a tight race.[2]


Early life[edit]

David Taylor Price was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee to Bonnie and Debbie Price.[1] He has two brothers.[1] He began playing baseball in his early childhood. He grew up as an Atlanta Braves fan and idolized outfielder David Justice.[3] He attended Cooperstown Dreams Park when he was a teenager. As a teenager, he was a standout on the Blackman High School baseball and basketball teams.[4] In his high school career, he compiled a 0.43 earned run average (ERA) and 151 strikeouts. He was the recipient of the Rutherford County MVP Pitcher (2003 and 2004), the Co-District 7AAA Pitcher of the Year with Michael Alcorn his senior season, and the Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year in 2002, 2003 and 2004. He played in the 2004 High School All-America Game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.[1]

College career[edit]

Though Price was drafted in the 19th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school, he did not sign, and instead chose to attend Vanderbilt University on an academic scholarship.[5] He pitched for the baseball team for three seasons.

In his freshman season in 2005, Price was honored as a Freshman All-American by both Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. That year he went 2–4 with a 2.86 ERA in 19 games, compiling 92 strikeouts in 6913 innings pitched.[1] Still, frustrated with his college workload, Price almost quit baseball to work at a McDonald's in his hometown but was talked out of it by his coach, Tim Corbin.[6]

In 2006, Price posted a 9–5 record with a 4.16 ERA in 11013 innings pitched. He set a school single-season record in strikeouts with 155 while walking only 43 batters. Over a span of six starts early in the season, he recorded 10 or more strikeouts each game, including a 17-strikeout performance in a game against Arkansas.[1] That year, he was one of five finalists for the Golden Spikes Award and a semifinalist for the Roger Clemens Award. He was also named to the third-team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, first-team All-South Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association and second-team All-SEC by the coaches in that conference.[1]

As a junior he tallied an 11–1 record with a 2.63 ERA. He was the nation's top strikeout pitcher, striking out 194 batters over 13313 innings, breaking his own school record. His last start against SEC competition came against Mississippi State in the SEC Baseball Tournament. Price pitched a complete game, going nine innings while giving up five hits, two runs, and striking out 11 batters with no walks. His last start at the college level came against Austin Peay in Vanderbilt's first game in the 2007 Nashville Regional. Against Austin Peay, Price retired 17 batters via the strikeout in nine innings of work while yielding just five hits, one run, and two walks. Price won several major national awards, including college baseball's top honor, the 2007 Dick Howser Trophy,[1] and the 2007 Brooks Wallace Award. David Price was the first player to have a clean sweep of all the college baseball awards.[7]

United States National Team[edit]

In the summer of 2005, Price pitched for the United States National Team. He went 2–0 with a 1.26 ERA in five games, tallying 39 strikeouts and 13 walks over 2823 innings. On August 2, 2005, he pitched a complete game shutout over Nicaragua, only allowing five hits. In the summer of 2006, Price helped the United States take home the gold medal in the World University Baseball Championship held in Cuba. In eight starts for the United States, Price was 5–1 with a 0.20 ERA.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Draft and minor league career[edit]

Price signed his first professional contract on August 15, 2007. The six-year contract was worth $8.5 million, including a $5.6 million signing bonus. After the contract was approved by the MLB, he was added to the Devil Rays 40-man roster before being optioned to the minor leagues to begin his career.[8]

At the time, Price’s bonus was the second-largest in draft history, behind only the $6.1 million Justin Upton received from the Arizona Diamondbacks as the top overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. The guaranteed value was the third-highest in draft history, trailing only Mark Prior ($10.5 million) and Mark Teixeira ($9.5 million) from the 2001 draft. Price made his spring training debut against the Yankees, hitting the first batter and striking out the next three in one inning of work. His fastball averaged 98 mph.[citation needed]

Price was first assigned to pitch for the Vero Beach Devil Rays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League. He started six games for Vero Beach, compiling a record of 4–0. He had an ERA of 1.82 with 37 strikeouts in 3423 innings pitched.

In his second start in Vero Beach, Price pitched against Pedro Martínez. After the game, Martínez said of Price:

He's amazing, that kid. He's amazing... that kid is very mature for his time in [the pros], and very talented. That kid did a hell of a job of throwing first-pitch strikes and pounding the strike zone and jamming hitters. I was watching that. He did it like a big leaguer. He had such a command. Right there, I'm challenging you. I'm going to do what I gotta do without any fear. That's the kind of talent you love to see.[8]

After moving up through the Rays minor league system to the Montgomery Biscuits of the Class AA Southern League in July, Price was promoted to the Durham Bulls of the Class AAA International League on August 9, 2008. After compiling an 11–0 combined record at Single-A and Double-A, Price received his first professional loss in his first start at Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]


Price made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays on September 14, 2008, against the Yankees. The first MLB hit he allowed was a home run by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter; Jeter would later record his 3,000th hit by again homering off Price in 2011. Price pitched 513 innings of relief; he made his first major league start with the Rays on September 22, 2008, against the Baltimore Orioles. He was the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, earning a post-season victory before winning a regular season game. Price recorded the final four outs in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, earning his first career save (regular season or postseason; postseason statistics are recorded separately) and eliminating the defending champion Red Sox. Price then pitched 213 innings in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series against the Philadelphia Phillies; he gave up two earned runs but nevertheless earned his second postseason save. The next day, Price introduced Barack Obama at a campaign rally in Tampa.[9]


On May 30, 2009, Price collected his first major league regular season win in a 5–2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in which he struck out 11 in under 6 innings. He finished the season with a 10–7 record, a 4.42 ERA, 102 strikeouts, and 54 walks in 23 starts.


In the 2010 season, Price was the first American League pitcher to reach 10 wins, on June 15. On that date, he was 10–2 and led the league with a 2.31 ERA. Price was selected as the American League starting pitcher for the 2010 All-Star Game.[10]

He finished the 2010 season tied for second in the American League (with Jon Lester) in wins (19) and in third place in ERA (2.72). He was eighth in the league in strikeouts with 188.

He lost Games 1 and 5 of the 2010 American League Division Series against Cliff Lee and the Texas Rangers.


During a game against the Yankees on July 9, 2011, Price allowed a home run to Derek Jeter, which was Jeter's 3,000th career hit. Price finished 2011 with a 12–13 record, 218 strikeouts, and a 3.49 ERA in 34 games started.

2012: Cy Young Award season[edit]

In 2012, Price went 20–5 on the season (tying for the league lead in wins) with a league-leading 2.54 ERA, two main reasons why he won the AL Cy Young Award. Price pitched a complete game shutout against the Los Angeles Angels on April 24, 2012, with the final score 5–0.[11] Price pitched in the 2012 MLB All-Star Game. Price got his 20th win against the Chicago White Sox on September 30, making him the first 20-win pitcher in Rays franchise history. In recording the win, he became the youngest American League pitcher (aged 27) to earn 20 wins in a season since 2004.[12]


In 2013, Price went 10-8 on the season with a 3.33 ERA, and had an American League leading and career-best four complete games.


From June 4 to 25, Price had five consecutive starts with at least ten strikeouts, becoming only the eighth pitcher in major league history to do so.[13]

On July 6, Price was named to his fourth All-Star team, however he did not participate in the All-Star game due to pitching in a game two days prior, and avoid pitching on only one day of rest.[14] He was replaced by Fernando Rodney.[15]

Before a July 31 trade to the Detroit Tigers, Price had a record of 11–8, with a 3.11 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 23 walks in 23 starts with the Rays.[16]

Detroit Tigers[edit]

Rest of 2014[edit]

On July 31, Price was traded to the Detroit Tigers in a three-team deal that sent Drew Smyly, Nick Franklin and Willy Adames to the Tampa Bay Rays, and Austin Jackson to the Seattle Mariners.[17] In his Tigers debut against the New York Yankees on August 5, Price pitched 8 23 innings, allowing three runs, striking out ten, and walking none.[18]

On August 21, in his first game against his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays, Price allowed one hit and an unearned run with one out in the first inning, then retired the final 23 batters he faced, but suffered a complete game loss. Price is the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose a complete game, one-hitter or better, with no earned runs since Andy Hawkins lost a no-hitter for the New York Yankees on July 1, 1990. It was the first time since 1914 that a pitcher has lost a complete game, one-hit, no walk start without allowing an earned run.[19]

On August 27, in a game against the Yankees, Price allowed eight runs and twelve hits, including nine straight in the third inning of an 8–4 loss. He is the first pitcher since Bob Forsch in 1989 to allow nine straight hits. Only three previous times in major league history had a pitcher allowed 12 hits in two innings or fewer. The others being Shawn Estes in 2003, Johnny Podres in 1963 and George Uhle in 1929.[20]

With the Tigers, Price went 4–4 over the final two months of the season, with a 3.59 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 77 23 innings. On September 28, the last day of the regular season, Price pitched 7 13 shutout innings against the Minnesota Twins, giving up four hits, striking out eight, and earning the 3–0 win, to help the Tigers clinch their fourth consecutive AL Central Division title.[21]

Price finished the 2014 regular season with a 15–12 record, 3.26 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He led all of major league baseball in innings pitched (248 13), batters faced (1,009) and strikeouts (271).[22]


On January 16, 2015, Price and the Tigers avoided arbitration agreeing on a $19.75 million salary for the 2015 season, setting a record for the largest one-year deal for an arbitration-eligible player prior to free agency.[23]

Scouting report[edit]

Price uses a wide variety of pitches and complements them with excellent velocity. Price throws two fastballs in the 94–97 mph range (tops out at 100 mph), a four-seamer and a two-seamer. His two-seamer is his lead pitch against right-handed and left-handed hitters, although he uses it more often against lefties. Price also throws a cutter that averages 90 mph, used mainly against right-handed hitters (especially in 2-strike counts). He rounds out his repertoire with a changeup he uses against right-handed hitters exclusively (83–86) and a spike curveball at 78–81.[24][25]

Price tends to set the pace early in the games, taking 5–7 seconds to pitch the ball once it is returned by the catcher.[3][26]

Select awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "David Price - 14". Vanderbilt Commodores. 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ "David Price wins AL Cy Young in tight race". 
  3. ^ a b Davidson, Art (July 7, 2007). "On Baseball: Paying the Price". The MetroWest Daily News. Retrieved July 14, 2007. 
  4. ^ Passan, Jeff (June 4, 2007). "Price is right for Rays". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  5. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers 2004 Draft Selections". Major League Baseball. 
  6. ^ "Young, Gifted And Black". Sports Illustrated. August 4, 2008. Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brooks Wallace Award". College Baseball Foundation. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Price Wows Pedro in Class A Game". Major League Baseball. May 28, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2008. 
  9. ^ Schwarz, Alan (October 2, 2008). "No Experience Needed for a Tampa Bay Rookie". The New York Times. Retrieved October 29, 2008. 
  10. ^ Fabrizio, Tony (June 16, 2010). "Price wins 10th". Tampa Tribune. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  11. ^ Woodrum, Bradley (April 25, 2012). "David Price Throws Complete Game Shutout, Rays Show Signs Of Vibrant Life". Retrieved April 25, 2012. 
  12. ^ Chastain, Bill (September 30, 2012). "Price's 20th win keeps Rays in AL Wild Card hunt". Mlb.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved September 30, 2012. 
  13. ^ Fordin, Spencer (June 25, 2014). "Price in rarefied air with strikeout streak". Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ Chastain, Bill (July 6, 2014). "Price named to AL pitching staff for All-Star Game". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ Johns, Greg (July 12, 2014). "Rodney replaces Price on AL All-Star team". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  16. ^ Astleford, Andrew (July 31, 2014). "Rays trade David Price to Tigers as part of three-team deadline deal". Fox Sports. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  17. ^ Beck, Jason (July 31, 2014). "Tigers land huge Deadline prize in Price". Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  18. ^ Justice, Richard (August 6, 2014). "With Tigers debut in rearview, Price feels good". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  19. ^ Adler, David (August 21, 2014). "Tigers squander Price's stellar return vs. Rays". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 
  20. ^ Slovin, Matt (August 27, 2014). "Yanks bat around off Price with nine consecutive hits". Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  21. ^ Trister, Noah (September 28, 2014). "Tigers win AL Central with 3-0 victory over Twins". cbssports.com. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  22. ^ Paul, Tony (September 28, 2014). "Tigers' David Price secures MLB strikeout crown". The Detroit News. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  23. ^ Beck, Jason (January 16, 2015). "Price, Tigers reach record compromise". Major League Baseball. Retrieved January 16, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: David Price". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  25. ^ Long, Stacy (May 11, 2009). "Price has new pitch, searching for past success". Biscuit Crumbs. Retrieved December 6, 2012. 
  26. ^ "2007 Draft Report". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved June 12, 2007. 
  27. ^ "Price Takes Fourth Roger Clemens Award". Vanderbilt University. July 11, 2007. Retrieved April 19, 2011. 
  28. ^ Graham, Chris (June 30, 2007). "Vanderbilt's Price wins baseball's 'Heisman'". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  29. ^ Patton, Maurice (June 14, 2007). "Vanderbilt's Price wins Howser Award". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  30. ^ a b Fitt, Aaron (June 15, 2007). "Price's excellence almost defies words". Baseball America. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  31. ^ a b "Price named ABCA Player of the Year". Vanderbilt University. June 18, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  32. ^ "Price Receives Brooks Wallace Award". Vanderbilt University. July 4, 2007. Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  33. ^ Fitt, Aaron (June 15, 2007). "College All-America First Team". Baseball America. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  34. ^ Patton, Maurice (May 31, 2007). "Price named national co-player of the year". The Tennessean. Retrieved June 12, 2007. [dead link]
  35. ^ "NCBWA Announces 2007 Pro-Line Cap All-America Team". NCBWA. June 13, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  36. ^ "NCBWA Names 2007 Division I District Players of the Year". NCBWA. June 8, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  37. ^ a b c "Price, Abbott Named SEC Athletes of the Year". Southeastern Conference. June 20, 2007. Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 
  38. ^ "Five finalists announced for Golden Spikes Award". ESPN. June 1, 2006. Retrieved June 30, 2007. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Roy Halladay
American League All-Star Game Starting Pitcher
Succeeded by
Jered Weaver