Roger Clemens Award Chat With David Price And Adam Mills

Moderator: Vanderbilt pitcher David Price and Charlotte
pitcher Adam Mills will answer your questions at 4 p.m. ET today. Both
are finalists for the 2007 Roger Clemens Award, given to the nation’s
top college pitcher.

 Q:  Jon from Raleigh, N.C. asks:
I know most pitchers set goals for the upcoming season. What were yours
for your senior season and is it safe to say you exceeded your

Welcome to our chat with Clemens Award finalists David Price and Adam
Mills. Our third finalist, Jacob Thompson from Virginia, is with the
USA Baseball national team in Brazil and can’t be with us today.
Adam: My goals were to hold nothing back and try to speed to the game
up on people. Constantly making people as uncomfortable as I could. I’d
quick-pitch some, and I threw one game in 1:38 this year. A lot of that
comes from having the same catcher for four years. I hardly ever shook
him off. There’s no way I could have perceived what happened this year.
Looking back, it’s still just, wow!

 Q:  J.P. Whatley from Des Moines asks:
This question is for both of you: who’s the toughest hitter you’ve faced in your college careers, and why?

David Price:
Ryan Patterson from LSU my freshman year. He was just an experienced
college player. It seemed lilke his bat stayed in the zone for about 10
minutes. I threw a ball about six inches off the plate in a pitcher’s
count, and he smacked it to right field.

Adam Mills: Probably my last two years it was Bryan
Pellegrini from St. Bonaventure. Just because he had such a good feel
for the zone. It was tough to get him to swing at any bad pitches. You
had to get him off-balance as much as possible.

 Q:  Cletus Van Dam from Greeneville, TN asks:
David, what’s a bigger thrill: winning the SEC championship, or winning a gold medal in Cuba with Team USA?

David Price:
The SEC tournament championship, because we came back through the
losers’ bracket. We’re the only team that’s ever done that, and the
first number-one seed to win the tournament in the last 15 years.

 Q:  rick from Lowell asks:
where do you expect to start your pro career? How many more innings do
you think you can pitch this year after your workload this spring?
Also, what was your reaction when you saw the Red Sox drafted you?

Adam Mills:
I was at Lowell, Mass., in the New York Penn League the Monday after
the draft. They don’t want me over 200 innings for the year, so maybe
60 for the summer, if that. I was surprised. Of all the teams talking
to me, I thought they had the least interest in me, but I am happy to
be with them.

 Q:  jackie o’hara from kannapolis, NC asks:
have you spent your signing bonus yet? If not, what do you plan to use
it for? David, what’s the first thing you plan to buy once you sign?

Adam Mills: No, it’s pretty going back to what I owe for college.

David Price: Probably just pay off my parents’ bills.

 Q:  Jimmy C. from Midland, Texas asks:

So what do you think the Commodores will do next year?


David Price:
They have a chance to return all nine guys from the offense. They’ll be
pretty good. They need to have some pitchers step up, but I think they
can be Omaha contenders next year.

 Q:  ziffy from ontario asks:
what’s the best place to pitch that you guys have come across?

David Price:
I’d say Arkansas, because they broke the attendance record for a
weekend when we played them. They have good fans who like to see good
baseball. It was like 14,000 for every game. It was awesome.

Adam Mills:
As far as a pitchers’ ballpark, I’d say the Kannapolis Intimidators’
field. We play a bunch of games there early in the year. Some of the
hardest balls I’ve ever seen hit don’t go anywhere in that park.

 Q:  rosco from ny asks:
guys have both had some very memorable games this year — which was the
most memorable for both of you? Which games did you feel like you had
your best stuff?

Adam Mills:
As far as best stuff, it was the regional game against NC State. It was
one of those days when I had all four pitches, and I could throw them
anywhere all game.

David Price: I guess Westhern Kentucky
in the first game of the regional. Like Adam said, I felt like I could
throw any pitch at any spot. When you an locate three pitches in
college, you can be pretty successful.

 Q:  Justin from Lake George asks:
do you guys model your games after anyone? if so, who?

David Price: Probably Dontrelle Willis. He goes out there and has some fun. He’s a high-energy guy who picks up his teammates.

Adam Mills:
Probably Pedro Martinez. I don’t have the fastball like he did, but I’d
like to thank I control the game and all its elements like he did.

 Q:  Nathan from asks:
from a strategy standpoint, after being teammates at Vandy, how would
you approach facing Pedro Alvarez in the big leauges?

David Price: Just put him on. That’s about it.

 Q:  Roger from Charleston, SC asks:
put on your prognosticator hats: who do you think wins the national
championship next year? Who are the finalists for next year’s Clemens
Award, and who wins it?

Adam Mills:
From what David said, probably Vanderbilt with all the hitters they
have cooming back. As for the Clemens Award, I’d say the finalists
could be Brian Matusz from San Diego, Jacob Thompson for Virginia
again, and maybe a sleeper like I was at the start of the season.

David Price:
I have to go with Vanderbilt, too. The same two and Mikie Minor from
Vanderbilt. He’s with the USA national team, leads the team in wins,
and is a lot like Adam in that he just commands the zone. He has the
best change-up I’ve ever seen.

 Q:  lonnie from nashville asks:
David, what’s it like to play for Tim Corbin?

David Price:
It’s amazing to play for a guy who comes to the field with the amount
of energy he has every day. He motivates us every day to be better, not
only on the baseball field but in the classroom.

 Q:  jasper from springfield asks:
what’s the most hostile environment you’ve pitched in?

Adam Mills: Against South Carolina at Columbia. I didn’t know a stadium could get that loud. It was unreal.

David Price:
I’d say Ole Miss, simply because their fans were nuts. They were loud
and constantly on our players. They made it tough to focus on the game
and not on what they saying.

 Q:  JM from Queens asks:
Adam- In an interleague matchup, say five years down the road…think you could take down former 49er John Maine?

Adam Mills: I’d like to say it will be 0-0 after the seventh.

 Q:  Ron Polk from Starkville asks:
If you guys could change anything about college baseball, what would it be?

David Price: As a pitcher, go from aluminum to wood bats. That would take some of the advantage away from hitters.

Adam Mills: Same thing. It would take those bloop hits that they get from an aluminum bat away. They shouldn’t get those.

 Q:  Alex G. Bell from PA asks:
advice would you guys give to players like Rick Porcello and Matt
Harvey, a pair of high school pitchers who appear to be holding out for
big money or going to college instead?

Adam Mills:
Without a doubt, go to college. No matter what happens with baseball,
I’ll always have my degree. And I think you learn things a lot quicker
in college than you would in the minors, the first two years anyway. A
lot of college is about growing up mentally, and that’s one of the
biggest things for a baseball player.

David Price: Go to college. It’s the best decision I have made. I’d tell anybody to do the same thing.

 Q:  billd from boston asks:
you have played with pedro alvarez at vanderbilt who is projected by
many to be the top pick in the 2008 draft. what is the best advise you
can give him in the upcoming year?

David Price:
Just have fun. It could be his final year of college ball, and just
have to treat every day like it’s your last of college ball.

 Q:  Commodore Elvis from Tupelo, Miss. asks:
who’s coming back on the mound next year for Vanderbilt and can they
fill your shoes? Also, who’s going to be the better pro product of
Tennessee’s high school Class of 2004–you, Kyle Waldrop, Matt Spencer,
Zack Cozart or Cale Iorg?

David Price:
Mike Minor will fill my shoes. I think he’ll be a Clemens finalist as a
sophomore. The second question is hard to answer. We all bring
something different to the table.

 Q:  ttnorm from Connecticut asks:
has been made about pitch counts and the apparent disparity between the
college and professional approach towards them. Just wondering what
both of your thoughts are on this.

Adam Mills:
What your pitch limit is depends on the type pitcher you are. You don’t
what to take advantage of anybody’s arm, so in that aspect pitch counts
are good. Some pitcher tired at 70-80 pitches, and some tire at
100-110. It’s just knowing the type pitcher you are.

David Price:
People make a big deal of it, but professional pitchers throw with two
less days rest than college pitchers do (five as opposed to seven days
rest), and the pro seasons are much longer. Pros will make 10-12 starts
more than most college pitchers. If you can do it, do it. I couldn’t
save myself for professional ball; it wasn’t promised to me.

 Q:  Aaron from Green Bay, WI asks:
guys, you both have accomplished alot in your careers. What do you guys
feel you need to work onimprove to become the best at the next level?

David Price:
I have to continue to work on the mental game. The difference between
Double-A and the big leagues is not ability; it’s all mental.

Adam Mills:
Just continuing the consistency I had this year into the minors. The
difference is how consistent you’ll be on the next level, and on. A big
leaguer can be consistent from start-to-start, while a minor leaguer
might be able to be successful just once. You just have to prove that
consistency throughout the minors.

 Q:  jones from birmingham asks:
Would you have pinch-hit with Pujols last night?

David Price: Yes.

Adam Mills: Yes.

Moderator: Thanks to everybody for their questions. The
winner of the fourth annual Clemens Award will be announced Wednesday
night in Houston.