USA Today announced that David Price has been chosen as USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year.
Pitcher David Price, a left-hander from Vanderbilt who pitched at three levels in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, is USA TODAY’s Minor League Player of the Year.
Price won the award in a vote by the staff of USA TODAY and Sports Weekly as well as online voting for fans.
Earlier this week Matt Wieters won Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year award.
Of a more immediate concern for the Rays and Price is if and when he will be promoted. After starting game 1 for the Bulls in the IL Championship Series, Price’s minor league season is now over. If the Rays do promote King David it could happen as early as tonight following the Rays final game in Boston or tomorrow, prior to the series in Yankee Stadium. The Rays could also wait until the IL series is concluded and promote Price just prior to the upcoming homestand that begins on Monday against the Red Sox.
Of course, this is all dependent on the Rays deciding to promote Price this season. We are still not convinced the Rays will want to put more innings on his young arm. One also has to wonder if there is even a need for Price at this point. Outside of Troy Percival, the rest of the bullpen has been strong all season as well as all 5 members of the starting rotation.
And earlier this week Andrew Friedman sounded as if the Rays were leaning against a promotion.
“We don’t want people getting ahead of themselves, anointing [David Price] a savior and putting undo pressure on a kid in his first full professional season.”
If Price is promoted to face the Yankees and the Red Sox, it would be a fitting chapter in this season…With King David getting an opportunity to slay not one, but two Goliaths.
Rays’ Price chosen USA TODAY’s top minor leaguer [USA Today]