A 6’6” pitcher out of Vanderbilt, who torched SEC hitting, seemed destined to be a top-five draft pick from the moment he declared his professional intentions.
Drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of high school, Price decided that becoming a college pitcher was a key step before joining the minor leagues and getting the call to the big leagues.
Strikeout after strikeout can describe his Vanderbilt career. His junior season consisted of 194 strikeout victims. That same year, he also won SEC Male Athlete of the Year and college baseball’s top honor, the Dick Howser Trophy.
It was no surprise when the Tampa Bay Rays took Price at No. 1 overall that same year in the 2007 draft. He epitomized everything professional scouts looked for in a player.