Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Rays 13th Round Pick - 401st Overall: Robby Price

Price, whose father Ritch coachs the Jayhawks, has similar tools to Heere except for his speed. He has outstanding plate discipline and a line-drive approach with a little pop. He has soft hands and turns the double play well at second base.

Andy Seiler:
Robby Price is a reliable second baseman from the University of Kansas. Price originally came to Kansas from Free State High School in Lawrence, Kansas, so he didn’t even have to move when he transitioned to college. In fact, he’s the son of Kansas’ head baseball coach Rich Price, so there wasn’t much of an adjustment at all, except for the fact that he now played baseball for his dad. He wasn’t a major prospect in high school despite his bloodlines, as he simply lacked size and pro tools. He went undrafted out of high school, and then again after his junior year, though he could have been picked if he was signable in the first fifteen rounds. He returned as a senior, had a great season, and he’s likely played his last game for his dad. He projects as a potential utility player at the Major League level, and there’s enough to like about him to think he can reach that ceiling fairly quickly. At the plate, he’s a fringe-average hitter that works the count hard and gets on base at a steady clip. He makes contact, and he has second baseman offensive skills, including well below-average raw power. He’s a fringe-average runner, too, so most of his game is about getting on base and getting around. He’s a plus defender at second, though, and that makes his game so valuable. He only has an average to fringe-average arm that likely won’t play long-term at any other position, but he could fill in on the left side of the infield in a pinch. He’s expected to go somewhere in the twelfth to eighteenth round range as a signable senior with a good glove and bloodlines.

Hudson Valley, meet your 2B.


  1. Is he kind of like Bortnick from last year?

  2. If he plays 2B at Hudson Valley, where does Ryan Brett start? GCL or Princeton?

  3. Ryan Brett will be in the GCL most likely, with a shot at Princeton. High school guys aren't assigned to HV generally.

    He's smaller than Bortnick, probably can't handle SS as a pro. A sort of similar hitter, maybe with less power.

  4. Any chance at all that Sale goes to HV and starts next year off at BG. His bat seems as advance as Beckhams was supposed to be.

  5. I don't think the Rays will be that aggressive with him, but if he signs quickly and performs well at Princeton, he could get some time with Hudson Valley.