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David Price

David Price delivers a pitch during his 17-strikeout performance against Arkansas. Photo by Mike Strasinger. Photo from the Nashville City Paper.

LHP, Vanderbilt (profile)

HT: 6'5" WT: 215 lbs.

2005 Stats: 16 APP, 10 GS, W-L 2-4, 69.1 IP, 51 H, 25/22 R/ER, 30 BB, 92 K, 2.86 ERA, .207 BAA

2006 Stats: 19 APP, 17 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, W-L 9-5, 110.1 IP, 92 H, 58/51 R/ER, 43 BB, 155 K, 4.16 ERA, .222 BAA

Bio: Price enters the 2007 college season as the top southpaw, the top pitcher, the top collegian and the top prospect in the draft.

The Dodgers drafted Price in the 19th round of the 2004 draft, knowing he would attend Vanderbilt. You can find a report from MLB Scouting on Price at MLB.com's 2004 draft section. He's gained an inch (or two since some places list his height at 6'6") in height and he's filled out his body. Unfortunately the video on the site appears to no longer work.

Brewerfan.net is an invaluable resource for draft discussion and here is what Patrick Ebert has to say about Price (you can read the entire profile here):

His natural athleticism allows him to repeat his smooth delivery very well, and his fastball sits in the 89-93 range and he can touch the 96-97 range without much extra effort. His slider is also considered a plus-pitch, and he's working on improving his solid changeup. On the mound, he offers a very cool and collected demeanor, and he doesn't get rattled easily.

In a game against Arkansas last season, Price struck out a career-high 17 batters. His previous record was 15 against Brown earlier that season and was named NCBWA Pitcher of the Week as a result.

Price has also been a summer standout as he was named Baseball America's Summer Player of the Year in 2006.

The only downside with Price is that he lists David Justice as the greatest baseball player of all time in his Vanderbilt profile.

Possible Important Starts:

2/9/07: Rice - Price will be Vandy's Friday starter and with the first game of the season against the Owls, the Commodores will need their ace to be sharp.

3/23/07: Arkansas - Price vs. Razorback lefty Nick Schmidt.

4/20/07: Tennessee - Price vs. Volunteer lefty James Adkins.

4/27/07: Florida - Great offense vs. great pitcher.

Other Links:

Price named to 2007 Brooks Wallace Award Watch List (College Player of the Year)

Price named to Roger Clemens Award Watch List (Top College Pitcher)

He was student athlete of the month for November `05.