David Price was promoted to Triple-A Durham on Saturday.
Although Price did not not make the jump from Double-A straight to the majors, he will likely only make a few appearances in the International League. His debut with the Bulls will come on Wednesday night against the Norfolk Tides.
Price, who is expected to factor in the Tampa Bay Rays’ push for the postseason at some point down the stretch, won his final Southern League start on August 7. He struck out seven in five shutout innings to improve to 7-0 with the Biscuits, lowering his ERA with the club to 1.89.
Price, 22, is now 11-0 with a 1.87 ERA and 92-to-23 K/W ratio in 15 professional starts combined between Vero Beach and Montgomery. The number one overall pick out of Vanderbilt in 2007, he has electric stuff, which rivals any pitcher on the Rays’ 25-man roster, and the mental makeup to have a real impact on the American League East race. Whether he will fill a relief role or take a spot in the starting rotation—perhaps taking the place of Edwin Jackson or Andy Sonnanstine—he will be pitching at Tropicana Field soon enough.
Reyes Designated For Assignment: To make room on the roster for recently acquired reliever Chad Bradford, the Rays designated for assignment Al Reyes. Reyes, 38, posted a 4.37 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 22.2 innings pitched this season. Although he has battled injuries, his ineffectiveness coincided with the emergence of Grant Balfour, who has posted a 1.34 ERA, 49-to-14 K/W ratio and 0.77 WHIP in 33.2 innings pitched. The veteran right-hander was one of the better Tampa Bay relievers in 2007, picking up 26 saves, but was the odd man out when he was ready to come of the disabled list earlier this week.
Bradford, a ground ball specialist, will add a different type of pitcher to the Rays’ relief corps, which predominantly consists of fly ball pitchers. The sinkerballer, who made his debut against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, was effective out of the bullpen for the Baltimore Orioles before the trade, posting a 2.45 ERA while walking only seven batters in 40.1 innings pitched. In addition, his 3.9 groundball-to-fly ball ratio is the highest total among all relievers in the majors. The 33-year-old right-hander, who nearly touches the ground with his submarine delivery, was claimed off waivers on August 8.