Fantasy Baseball Preview: Will the Real David Price Please Stand Up?

Feb 24, 2010

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Everybody fell in love with David Price during Tampa Bay’s improbably run to the World Series in 2008. He truly was nearly untouchable. The expectations were so high for Price heading into last year.

Then he didn’t earn a spot in the rotation to start the year. He struggled initially for Triple-A Durham. Eventually he got things sorted out and make his return to the Rays.

He started off slow posting a 3-3 record with a 4.70 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP in his first nine starts. He was able to turn things around after the All-Star Break earning a 7-4 record with a 4.27 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. His batting average against was the same (.241) both before and after the break.

He was just finding different ways to make outs after the break. He had a 9.6 K/9 ratio before the break and a 5.9 K/ratio after it. Even though he wasn’t ringing up a ton of strikeouts he was getting the job done. I think that will be invaluable in 2010. I do feel the strikeouts will come back, but it’s good for his confidence to know he doesn’t have to rely on the strikeout. 

I could see owning Price as a 4th or 5th fantasy starter.

Predicion:  13-8, 3.85 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 160 Ks

Past profiles:
Arizona Diamondbacks:  Brandon Webb
Atlanta Braves: Yunel Escobar
Baltimore Orioles:  Adam Jones
Boston Red Sox:  Clay Buchholz
Chicago Cubs:  Geovany Soto
Chicago White Sox:  Jake Peavy
Cincinnati Reds:  Joey Votto
Cleveland Indians:  Grady Sizemore
Colorado Rockies: Ubaldo Jimenez
Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera
Florida Marlins: Cameron Maybin
Houston Astros: Lance Berkman
Kansas City Royals: Billy Butler
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Howie Kendrick
Los Angeles Dodgers: James Loney
Milwaukee Brewers: Corey Hart
Minnesota Twins: Joe Nathan
New York Mets: Jason Bay
New York Yankees: Robinson Cano
Oakland A’s: Kevin Kouzmanoff
Philadelphia Phillies: Jimmy Rollins
Pittsburgh Pirates: Octavio Dotel
San Diego Padres: Everth Cabrera
San Francisco Giants: Barry Zito
Seattle Mariners: Franklin Gutierrez
St. Louis Cardinals: Colby Rasmus

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. 3rdStoneFromTheSun
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    I thought he did OK as a starter
    sophomore jinx? even though he maybe was more a rookie?

    maybe his is better out the pen?

    he interests me and agree with your title in wondering who he really is

  2. LestersLegends
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    I don’t like the way he responded to his initial demotion. That troubles me a bit. I still like him as a 4th fantasy starter.

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