Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014: No. 42 David Price
David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays has emerged in the last several seasons as one of the top starting pitchers in all of Major League Baseball and his 2013 effort did little to prove that false. His numbers are a little off of what his Cy-Young Award winning numbers were in 2012 but not far as he proved once again this season that he is one of the best in the game. For the Rant Sports MLB Top 50 Players of 2014, Price comes in at a solid No. 42.
For ERA he was less than half a run behind Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers at 3.33. His innings were down slightly but considering he missed a few starts this season, 186.2 is awesome. Looking at it from an average standpoint, he averaged just under 7 innings per start for the year and I doubt there is a team on the face of the Earth that wouldn’t pay money for that guy. Three runs per seven innings of work every fifth day sounds like one of the best to me.
What will go overlooked this season is how well Price did improving his control. His walks were down by nearly half with a leading BB per 9 innings ratio of 1.3 and SO/BB ratio of 5.59. It was another season of dominance disguised by a little bit of hardship early on. The great ones always overcome adversity and that is the final part of the 2013 season that lists Price among the best in the game. It wasn’t easy early on but one look at his numbers and you see what a great player does in that situation.