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Price’s Velocity Deteriorating, Though Pitching Remains Effective

Posted By Charles Mager On September 18, 2013 @ 3:55 PM In MLB | No Comments

david price [1]David Price, Rays Story behind the numbers:

Price’s average sinker velocity is down from 96 to 94 mph, according to BrooksBaseball.net, and correspondingly, Price is far from his recent standard of approaching a strikeout per inning. Even with a more modest K-rate, Price has been effective this season, particularly so after returning from a left triceps strain that landed him on the disabled list for a month and a half. In the 15 starts since activation, Price has gone 7-4 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.92 WHIP. While batters have had an easier time making contact against him, Price has issued only 11 walks over his last 110 2/3 innings, and he has allowed a single home run since the beginning of August.

2014 draft status: It’s too soon to know whether the changes in Price’s profile will be long-lasting, but it won’t matter too much. The risk of a persistently pedestrian K-rate does take Price out of the top five starters going into 2014, but he’s still worth drafting as your No. 1 starter.

Source: Al Melchior, CBS Sports [2]

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