David Price, Starting Pitcher, Boston Red Sox
Date of Birth: 8/26/1985
Birthplace: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
College: Vanderbilt University
David Price, starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was a top pitcher in high school. He had a 0.43 ERA and he won several awards for his pitching. The New York Yankees drafted him straight out of high school but he opted instead to go to Vanderbilt University. He was a top player at Vanderbilt, winning several national awards.
In August, 2007, Price signed a six-year, $8.5 million contract with the Rays. He spent just one year in the minor leagues before being called up to the Rays to pitch in five games with them in 2008. The following season, he pitched 128.1 innings with a 10-7 record and a 4.42 ERA in 23 games with the Rays.
Price had a strong 2010 season, winning the Warren Spahn award. He pitched 208.2 innings with a 19-6 record and a 2.72 ERA in 32 games. The following season was just as good. In 2011, he had a 3.49 ERA with career highs in games played (34), innings pitched (224.1), and strikeouts (218 to 63 walks).
The 2012 season was probably Price's best one. That year, he won the American League Cy Young award and he led the league in ERA and he was tied for wins leader. In 31 games, he pitched 211.0 innings and had a career high 20 wins (to 5 losses), 205 strikeouts (to 59 walks), and a career low 2.56 ERA.
On July 31, 2014, Price was traded to the Detroit Tigers. He finished the 2014 season with a 15-12 record, a career high 271 strikeouts to 38 walks, and a 3.26 ERA in 248.1 innings in 23 games with the Rays and 11 games with the Tigers.
Price was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 30, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with an 18-5 record, 225 strikeouts to 47 walks, and a career low ERA of 2.45 in 21 games with the Tigers and 11 games with the Blue Jays. In 4 postseason games, he pitched 23.1 innings and he gave up 22 hits, including 4 home runs, and 16 runs for a 6.17 ERA.
Price signed a seven-year, $217 million contract with the Red Sox on December 4, 2015. He pitched in a career high 35 games in 2016. He finished the season with a 3.99 ERA, 17 wins to 9 losses, and 228 strikeouts to 50 walks in 230.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 3.1 innings in 1 game and he gave up 6 hits and 5 runs.
Price spent time on the DL in 2017 with elbow issues, limiting his playing time to 11 games as a starter and 5 games in relief. He finished the season with a 3.38 ERA, 6 wins and 3 losses, and 76 strikeouts to 24 walks in 74.2 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 6.2 innings as a reliever in 2 games and he gave up 5 hits and no runs. He struck out 6 batters and walked 2.
Statistics for Price in eight full seasons (2009-2016) in the major leagues include:
- 6 seasons with over 30 games, with a high of 35 in 2016
- 6 seasons with over 200 innings pitched, with a high of 248.1 in 2014
- 3 seasons with 18 or more wins, with a high of 20 in 2012
- 7 seasons with over 150 strikeouts, with a high of 271 in 2014
- 3 seasons with an ERA under 3.00, with a low of 2.45 in 2015
Career pitching statistics for Price through 2017 include:
- 269 games played
- 1,746.1 innings pitched
- 127-68 win-loss record
- 1,676 strikeouts to 445 walks
- 3.22 ERA
Price established the Project One Four foundation to provide opportunities for youth to learn life skills. Information is available at project14.org.