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David Price
Birthdate: 8/26/1985 (31 y, 6 m, 26 d)     Bats/Throws: L/L     Height/Weight: 6-5/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2007 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Contract: $217M / 7 Years (2016 - 2022)
RotoWire News: Price (elbow) may be out until May at the earliest, Evan Drellich of Comcast Sportsnet New England reports. (3/21/2017)
Injury: Elbow, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Price was one of two pitchers who signed for an average annual value north of $30 million dollars in the 2016 offseason and like Zack Greinke, he underperformed against expectations. Like Greinke, Price’s biggest issue was a surge in home runs that added over a run and a half to his earned run average. Greinke had an oblique injury and some degradation in his skills to help explain the backslide, but Price’s skills were nearly identical to his 2015 and he made a career-high 35 starts. We learned of a mechanical issue for Price that was spotted by Dustin Pedroia and it looked like the solution to the problems. Price reeled off an eight-start run of 2.47 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 58.3 innings immediately after fixing the mechanics, but he couldn’t maintain the ace level rest of the season. He allowed 10+ hits in five of his final 20 starts leading to a solid, but decidedly non-ace-like 3.80 ERA/1.27 WHIP combo down the stretch. The good news is that his base skills and health even in the face of the home run barrage. The bad news is that his new home park played a role in those homers (1.3 HR/9 at Fenway). The worst news is that he missed time in Spring Training with a balky elbow which casts a shadow over his 2017 outlook. The perceived depth of frontline arms eroded in 2016 and despite his issues, Price remains among that group, though it's now on the backend given the elbow concerns. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: In his Boston debut, Price had an ERA a half run higher than anything we’d ever seen from him since he joined the ace ranks and a run and a half higher than his 2015 total, yet his strikeout rate dropped a single percentage point and his walk rate was flat. Outside of a bevy of homers – which were likely related to some mechanical issues that he fixed for periods throughout the season – he was the ace we’ve grown used to seeing. Don’t overrate 2016 and drop Price too far, he’s still a stud, though his calling card durability is now in question thanks to some elbow trouble in the spring.

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DateTeamOppGSO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
Total- - -- - -3127.2 %58.7 %43.9 %65.7 %86.6 %80.5 %52.9 %22.1
DateTeamOppGSO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2012-09-30TBR@CHW132.1 %58.5 %45.0 %72.2 %93.6 %85.7 %48.6 %21.7
2012-09-25TBR@BOS137.5 %64.3 %50.9 %47.6 %77.8 %66.7 %50.0 %21.8
2012-09-20TBRBOS135.5 %61.4 %47.9 %90.9 %91.4 %91.2 %47.9 %23.9
2012-09-14TBR@NYY127.7 %62.1 %46.7 %46.2 %86.1 %75.5 %55.2 %21.6
2012-09-02TBR@TOR127.7 %50.0 %40.0 %76.9 %93.1 %88.1 %55.2 %20.3
2012-08-27TBR@TEX137.0 %54.8 %47.8 %80.0 %95.7 %90.9 %60.9 %20.5
2012-08-21TBRKCR131.5 %71.7 %52.6 %70.6 %88.4 %83.3 %52.6 %20.9
2012-08-16TBR@LAA128.0 %67.9 %48.5 %64.3 %91.7 %84.0 %51.5 %24.2
2012-08-11TBR@MIN125.0 %40.0 %34.7 %77.8 %100.0 %94.3 %64.4 %21.8
2012-08-05TBRBAL125.5 %55.2 %41.3 %69.2 %87.5 %82.2 %53.2 %21.8
2012-07-30TBR@OAK130.4 %58.5 %45.5 %52.9 %84.2 %74.6 %53.7 %24.2
2012-07-25TBR@BAL130.2 %56.5 %45.7 %69.2 %74.3 %72.9 %59.1 %20.9
2012-07-19TBRCLE121.4 %61.5 %40.7 %58.3 %81.3 %75.0 %48.2 %24.4
2012-07-14TBRBOS130.0 %52.5 %41.2 %55.6 %87.1 %75.5 %49.6 %24.6
2012-07-04TBRNYY131.5 %62.3 %47.8 %52.9 %84.2 %74.6 %53.0 %23.2
2012-06-29TBRDET130.0 %60.4 %48.7 %55.6 %86.2 %79.0 %61.5 %21.7
2012-06-24TBR@PHI122.5 %64.2 %48.6 %77.8 %88.4 %86.5 %62.6 %21.9
2012-06-19TBR@WSN123.9 %61.5 %43.9 %63.6 %84.4 %79.1 %53.1 %18.2
2012-06-13TBRNYM125.4 %62.0 %42.2 %60.0 %83.9 %76.1 %45.9 %21.8
DateTeamOppGSO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2012-06-07TBR@NYY125.0 %57.1 %39.5 %66.7 %85.7 %79.1 %45.0 %26.4
2012-06-01TBRBAL121.4 %63.2 %42.5 %58.3 %91.7 %83.3 %50.4 %21.5
2012-05-26TBR@BOS123.1 %54.0 %40.0 %91.7 %91.2 %91.3 %54.8 %23.5
2012-05-20TBRATL136.2 %56.5 %46.7 %52.4 %85.7 %73.2 %51.7 %20.1
2012-05-15TBR@TOR118.5 %59.7 %39.6 %60.0 %82.4 %77.3 %51.4 %18.8
2012-05-10TBR@NYY123.5 %54.2 %40.0 %91.7 %90.6 %90.9 %53.6 %22.0
2012-05-04TBROAK134.0 %60.7 %48.1 %35.3 %73.5 %60.8 %52.8 %21.6
2012-04-29TBR@TEX128.9 %59.7 %45.0 %66.7 %85.3 %79.6 %52.3 %23.6
2012-04-24TBRLAA121.4 %57.1 %40.3 %91.7 %86.1 %87.5 %52.9 %20.8
2012-04-18TBR@TOR122.0 %60.0 %45.3 %66.7 %87.2 %83.3 %61.3 %21.1
2012-04-13TBR@BOS119.5 %59.5 %39.8 %100.0 %80.0 %84.9 %50.6 %23.6
2012-04-07TBRNYY118.6 %54.2 %34.6 %54.6 %92.3 %81.1 %44.9 %20.6