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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 10:50 am | Updated: 12:56 pm, Wed Jul 17, 2013.

David Price is a left-handed pitcher from Murfreesboro, Tenn. Price pitched for Vanderbilt University where he majored in sociology and earned a virtual clean sweep of college baseball’s most prestigious awards.

Price was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round (first overall) of the 2007 June Draft. He made his major league debut on September 14, 2008 in relief at Yankee Stadium and his first major league start on September 22 at Baltimore. Price was a key component in the Rays 2008 playoff run. He made five relief appearances and was on the mound when the Rays captured the American League pennant. During the ALCS, Price recorded the win in Game 2 and the save in Game 7 when he got the final four outs, three of which were strikeouts, to send the Rays to their first World Series in franchise history.

In his rookie season of 2009, Price made 23 starts, went 10-7, had an ERA of 4.42 and finished 2nd among Major League rookies with a .241 opponents average. In 2010, Price began the season as the Rays No. 4 starter and went on to finish 2nd in the AL Cy Young voting while winning a club-record 19 games. Price also started the 2010 All-Star Game for the American League. In 2011, Price made a career-high 34 starts including the first Opening Day start of his career. He recorded career highs in innings pitched (224.1) and strikeouts (218), becoming just the 3rd pitcher in Rays history to reach 200 strikeouts in a season.

Aside from baseball, David plays an active role in his foundation, Project One Four, which focuses on youth programs. David has over 75,000 followers on Twitter and has tweeted more than 5,000 times. You can follow him @DAVIDprice14.

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