Watching a future star

August 21, 2008 at 12:46 am | Posted in Minor Leagues, Rays | Leave a comment

One of the things that I did during my week off from blogging was watch David Price pitch in his Triple-A debut at Durham Bulls Athletic Park last Wednesday, August 13.  Price, as I have mentioned before, was the #1 overall pick in the 2007 MLB draft, is considered to be the best pitching prospect in the minor leagues, and is property of the Rays.  It turned out to be one of his weaker starts this year as he gave up 3 runs in 4 innings, allowing 7 hits and no walks with 6 strikeouts.  Part of the problem was poor defensive play behind him, which was likely due to the wet field conditions that day.  I estimated that 3-4 hits would have been outs if the Rays defense was behind Price and the game was played at climate-controlled Tropicana Field.

Here are some pictures from what I hope is a short stay for Price with the Bulls:

Warming up in the bullpen before the game

Warming up in the bullpen before the game

The wind-up

The wind-up

Delivering the heat!

Delivering the heat!

One of the great things about the minor leagues is how easy it is to get close to the players and the action.  I was only one row away from Price and catcher John Jaso when I took these pictures.

Delivering a pitch in the first inning

Delivering a pitch in the first inning

The wind-up

The wind-up

Throwing some 97 MPH heat for a strike!

Throwing some 97 MPH heat for a strike!

With the Rays’ rotation filled with Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Matt Garza, Edwin Jackson, and Andy Sonnanstine, all of whom are having terrific years, it’ll be interesting to see how the Rays make room for Price and Wade Davis, their other pitching phenom who is currently in Triple-A.  The rest of the A.L. East should be very scared!

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