Price: Mind at ease as draft nears
Probable No. 1 pick focused on pitching Fridays at Vandy
David Price is the Friday-night starter for Vanderbilt University. The left-handed junior is 8-0 with a 2.77 ERA and has allowed 73 hits and 24 walks while striking out 143 in 97 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .207 against him.
Price, who has also pitched for Team USA on a couple of occasions, is generally considered to be the top prospect in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, and most believe he will go No. 1 overall to the Devil Rays on June 7. He's agreed to write a journal for MLB.com chronicling his experiences leading up to the draft.
Hello from Vanderbilt University!
I'm happy to get the chance to share my expereiences with all of you over the next month leading up to the draft.
I was drafted out of high school, in the 19th round by the Dodgers in 2004, but it was a very easy decision for me about what to do. I had made the decision a couple of weeks prior to the draft, and made it clear to everybody. Out of high school, I wasn't anywhere close to being a complete pitcher, or at least a pitcher I wanted to be before beginning my pro career. Going to college was the only route to take.
Probably the biggest thing I've learned from going to college came last spring. I really struggled and I had to deal with failure. I've been in similar situations this year and was able to slow myself down and not let those innings when I get into trouble get out of control.
I'm from Murfreesboro, Tenn., and yes, I came to Vanderbilt so I could be close to home, so everyone could come watch me play. I think it helps more than anything. Whenever you get tired of being at school, you can go home and be with people you've been dealing with your entire life. When I'm home with my family or with my friends, we don't talk about baseball stuff like our team's ranking or draft status. We don't pay attention to that. It means absolutely nothing.
We'll read about it and stuff, but a year ago, Florida started No. 1 and didn't make it to a regional. So that means nothing.
As for the draft and all the scouts, etc., honestly, you don't see that stuff. The only time I think about it is when people bring it up to me. I just concentrate on going out there every Friday. That's enough motivation for me.
I don't pay attention to what people say about me or where I rank on prospect lists. All that matters is what I think of myself. What I think of myself and what others think of me have no correlation to each other at all.
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
It's funny. When you're sitting in class as a freshman in Vanderbilt, that's not easy. You're lost in class, you have no idea what the teacher is talking about and all you can think is, "I can't wait for my junior year so I can get out of here." Then, when you get closer, and you get the hang of things, especially class-wise, you don't want to leave. The closer I get to draft day, the less I want to leave.
That's about it for me. We've got a series in Auburn this weekend and I'm pitching on Friday. I'll let you know how it went in my next installment. If you've got any questions, send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to all of you soon.
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