David Price, who earned a promotion to Montgomery earlier in the week, picked up his first win at the Double-A level on Thursday night, allowing two earned runs on four hits in 6.0 solid innings. Although Price struggled with his command throughout the night, walking four, he struck out seven in the Biscuits’ 8-2 victory over Mobile.
Before getting called up, the 22-year-old left-hander compiled a 4-0 record in the Florida State League, posting a 1.82 ERA, .220 opponents’ batting average and a 37-to-7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in six starts for the Vero Beach Devil Rays.
Perhaps the highlight of the season for Price, though, came on May 28, when he drew rave reviews from three-time Cy Young Award winner Pedro Martinez.
Martinez, who squared off against the southpaw while on a rehab stint with the St. Lucie Mets, was impressed with Price's overpowering stuff and stellar command.
“He’s amazing, that kid.” He’s amazing,” the veteran right-hander told reporters after Price struck out nine in six shutout innings to earn the win that night.
The first overall selection in the 2007 draft out ofVanderbilt, Price is emerging as one of the premier starting pitching prospects in baseball. In addition, his performance and the recent promotion to Double-A has prompted many to wonder if he will become this year’s version of Joba Chamberlain—a savior out of the bullpen for the New York Yankees last season, jumping three levels before posting a 0.38 ERA and .075 WHIP in 24.0 innings down the stretch—to help the Tampa Bay Rays push towards the postseason.
Overall, Price is a combined 5-0 with a 1.99 ERA with 44 strikeouts in seven starts. Through 40.2 innings, he has held opponents to a .215 average while striking out 44.