Posted by: portersprospectreport | September 15, 2008

David Price Debut

Solid in his debut
Solid in his debut

 

It took until the middle of September for the collecting world to get a glimpse of the 2008 Minor League Baseball Player of the Year and former ’07 #1 overall pick David Price.  Price debuted against the New York Yankees in relief of Tampa Bay’s starting pitcher Edwin Jackson (who had an atrocious start).

Price pitched very well allowing 2 runs on 3 hits over 5.1 innings.  He allowed a HR to Derek Jeter and an RBI single to Wilson Betemit while striking out 4 and walking none.  This start is a breath of fresh air as Price showed himself to be human when he struggled a bit after being promoted to AAA Durham. 

It would have been nice to see Tampa Bay bring him up by Sept. 1, even for one outing, before sending him back down to Durham.  This would have made him available for the postseason roster, which would have proven very beneficial to his national media exposure and, consequently, market value. Price should still get a few more outings under his belt before the end of the regular season.  There has been some conjecture that he may get a start when the Rays have a double header, but it is currently just a rumor.

The market for his cards have not changed much over the last week, which might be a good opportunity to buy some of his lower priced stuff (eg. ’07 Bowman Draft, Donruss Elite, etc…)

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