Price Is Money For Vero Beach

If Vero Beach (Rays) lefthander David Price keeps pitching the way he has pitched in his first three starts, he’s going to become Double-A Montgomery lefthander David Price pretty soon. And that could be a scary proposition, as the Biscuits already have lefthander Jake McGee and righthander Wade Davis.

But for now, Price is carving up the high Class A Florida State League. The No. 1 pick in the 2007 draft has yet to allow a run in three starts, posting a 19-2 K-BB mark in 18 innings with just eight hits allowed. Yesterday against Jupiter (Marlins), Price allowed three hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings and struck out six.

"He attacks hitters by throwing strike one with all three (pitches)," Vero Beach manager Jim Morrison said. "It’s such quality stuff that it’s very difficult for hitters."

One scout who watched Price pitch this year said the lefty was touching 96-97 mph, commanding his fastball in every quadrant of the strike zone and coming after hitters on the inside part of the plate. He complements the fastball with a plus-plus slider and an above-average changeup.

"He’s got a late-biting slider that breaks right before it gets to the hitter," Morrison said. "It’s sharp, it’s got lots of bite to it, so it freezes hitters at times or they swing over it."