Price shockingly posted 20 wins last year and tied Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver for the American League lead. He pitched over 200 innings (211) for the third season in a row and struck out 205 batters in the process. Price lost only five games all season long, which is an utterly amazing statistic for a pitcher in any type of fantasy roto-league.
Price also recorded a 1.10 WHIP, 2.56 ERA, and held opposing hitters to a meager .226 batting average. He looked absolutely dominating last year, and his fastball is one of the most deceiving in the game, as Price is constantly throwing from the same release point, pitch after pitch.
Price only walked 59 batters during the course of the year, which is mind-boggling from any pitcher who throws over 200 innings. Most starting pitchers end up walking close to 100 batters a season, so his lack of walks will certainly help his draft stock this spring.
The former Vanderbilt Commodore standout is still only 27, so he is just entering the prime of his pitching career. He has become an amazing fantasy number one, but he still has not reached his overall potential. Price will only get better over the next couple years and a 25-win season is not unthinkable in the near future.
Price will win at least another 18-plus games in 2013 and will keep his ERA well under 3.25. This fantasy season the southpaw will be worth a late first round pick; it may be a hefty price tag, but Price is certainly worth it.