05/24/07 3:11 PM ET
Gearing up for SEC Tournament
As draft day nears, Price focusing on finishing college career
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 feel he will go No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 7. He's agreed to write a journal for MLB.com chronicling his experiences leading up to the 2007 Draft.
Hello everyone from the SEC Tournament!
This is the best, this time of year. Eight teams from the SEC, one of the best conferences, playing for one championship. Whenever you do that, it's fun.
People always wonder how I balance playing and dealing with all of the draft stuff. But this is easy. This is probably the best time in baseball you're going to have in your entire life. This is what being a team is all about in college baseball, trying to go to Omaha and the College World Series. It's easy to forget about the draft, teams coming in to meet with you, general managers coming to see you. You don't even think about that kind of stuff. You come and practice and play, then you can take some time to think about the draft or deal with it after that. To be honest, the only time I really think about the draft is when we're in the locker room and people make jokes about it or I'm asked to comment about it.
And I know that's what people want here. I know there's been a lot of talk about me maybe going No. 1. To be considered the best player in the country in college and high school baseball, that's amazing. To have people look at you and say, 'He's the best player, so he should be taken first,' that's a great accomplishment. I've wanted to play professional baseball my entire life. I don't know if I ever thought about being the No. 1 pick when I was a kid, but being able to do that, that would be great.
I've had some great experiences to help get me ready for pro ball, from college and from being a part of Team USA. You can take things from both. These guys here at Vanderbilt, coming out here, you can treat every practice like a game and you can get better at every practice. That's something a lot of guys don't even think about. Playing for Team USA kind of prepares you for the routine of Minor League ball, where you wake up, take a long bus ride, play, then get on the bus again. It kind of prepares you for that.
|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|
That being said, big-league ball, there's nothing like it. There's no college conference that's like it and there are very, very few college hitters who resemble big-league hitters. I think it does take some time to get through the Minors and be ready for the big leagues. You have to be careful. You can't rush people, especially if they're not ready. Because then they get up there, they get hit around a little and their self confidence goes way down and they're not the same. I think teams are pretty careful with that. I guess San Francisco's Tim Lincecum is faring pretty well. He's one of the few guys who can get up there that fast and really hang with them now. He sets the bar high.
As a left-handed pitcher who can throw pretty hard, I guess people look at me as being special in some sense. There aren't that many left-handed starters who throw over 90 mph. I have to thank God and my parents for that, plus I've worked very hard to get to where I am now. It's truly a blessing.
If I do go high in the draft, I'm definitely looking forward to the expectations. People set the bar high for you and you want to set the bar higher than they do for yourself. Meeting those expectations and exceeding those expectations is something I'd like to do.
Right now, though, I'd like to go get ready for my next start. I promise to get to some of your emails in the next journal. So please keep sending them in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Talk to all of you soon.
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