Monday, May 25, 2009

Minor Moves: Price, Hall

Durham Bulls[Via email from the Durham Bulls' broadcaster Neil Solondz.]

The Tampa Bay Rays today announced LHP David Price has been recalled and will make the start today against the Cleveland Indians. Price, the top pitching prospect in the country according to Baseball America, was 1-4 with a 3.93 ERA in eight starts with Durham this season.

Price, 23, had his finest start in his final one as a Bull against Rochester on May 17th when he pitched five hitless innings while striking out nine. On the season he allowed 28 hits in 34.1 innings while striking out 35 against 18 walks.

The 2007 first overall draft pick began his professional career in 2008 posting an 11-0 record with stops at Vero Beach and Montgomery before joining the Bulls in August. He was 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts with the Bulls during the regular season.

Price was the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 2008 American League Championship Series (ALCS) against the Boston Red Sox, earning a post-season victory before winning a regular season game. He recorded the final four outs in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, earning his first career save and eliminating the defending champion Boston Red Sox. Price then pitched 2⅓ innings in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series, giving up two earned runs while earning his second career save.

The Rays also announced infielder Matt Hall was assigned to Durham from Charlotte. With the signing of Henry Mateo on Sunday, the Bulls roster stands at 24.

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