Interview with Devil Rays Pitcher David Price

Monday, April 30, 2007

Vanderbilt pitcher and pitching prospect David Price was nice enough to sit down and answer some questions for MLB Rumors through email. This season, the Vanderbilt Commodores are 39-8, 15-6 SEC. Jim Callis over at Baseball America believes that the consensus around baseball is that Price is the best prospect coming into the draft, but knows the draft has a lot of depth. The Devil Rays have usually gone towards hitting, but Price is too hard to pass up. He has been clocked at hitting 98 on the radar gun, with a slider topping at 88. Not only that, but he has outstanding control. I would like to thank him again for donating his time to answer these questions.

ELI: What is it like pitching in Tennessee, where you grew up?

DAVID: Pitching in Tennessee where I grew up is awesome. That's why I went to Vandy so people that watched me grow up and play baseball would still be able to do that.

ELI: Do you notice scouts during games? Does it bother you?

DAVID: No that's more of something you notice when you are in high school. Now you tune that stuff out and you never even see them. So no it does not bother me.

ELI: Now that the draft is a month away, are you looking forward to potentially going pro?

DAVID: Right now, no. My mind is completely set on Vanderbilt Baseball and until our season is over it will not be on professional baseball.

ELI: Growing up in a state where there is no baseball team, do you have a favorite baseball team?

DAVID: Yes my favorite team was the Braves. I guess because they are good and were the closest team to me.

ELI: If you weren't a pitcher, what position would you be?

DAVID: Somewhere in the outfield.

ELI: Were you always a pitcher, when did you start playing?

DAVID: I started playing when I was 2 and a half. I would play by myself in the back yard. I guess I started pitching around the age of 10 or 11.

ELI: Do you have a favorite player now?

DAVID: D Train [Dontrelle Willis]

ELI: How's Tim Corbin? Do you think he has molded you into the player you are over the past three years?

DAVID: Yes definitely. He is the man. He just has that something special about him that makes you want to give 110% percent every practice and every game.

ELI: You wear number 14? Is that number significant?

DAVID: No, that is just the number they gave me.

ELI: How do upperclassmen treat the younger guys? Do they embrace them and help them? Or do they help them but keep to themselves?

DAVID: Here at Vanderbilt, we don't put players into classes. Everyone here is looked as equals and everyone acts like the same. Upperclassmen help the younger guys out and the younger guys can also help the upperclassmen out.

ELI: What is the chemistry like in the clubhouse?

DAVID: Unreal. This is the best team I have ever played on. Everyone in there has one common goal and that is to win Omaha.

ELI: Is there anywhere you hope to go before the draft?

DAVID: No, not really.


KL 5:21 PM CDT  

ELI who do you think the cubs will draft.
Ps. the cubs beat writer is hotter than u

Eli Greenspan 5:35 PM CDT  

Knowing the Cubs draft history, they usually go pitching. They would defenitely snag Price if he drops to three, but I think they we'll either take Matt Wieters or Sean Doolittle if they look pitching, or Josh Vitters if they go hitting. Vitters is a 3B, with great power that could replace Aramis Ramirez in a five years. Rick Porcello is good, but raw talent at a young age is something they seem to avoid, especially after striking out on the past couple

Cubbies 5:54 PM CDT  

Weaters isnt pitching in the majors.

Eli Greenspan 6:18 PM CDT  

oh he'll be catching...then doolittle or vitters

Anonymous 9:53 PM CDT  

Wheres the interview with Michael Barret?

Eli Greenspan 10:31 PM CDT  

I was keeping that a secret but now that the rumor has spread, it is true. I am doing an interview with Michael Barrett sometime in the next month. He has been busy as of late and he plans to answer them when he can. I said he could take his time, so there is no rush. But I have one interview completed that I haven't posted yet, you'll see it tomorrow.