Price "like Liriano"
Lefty David Price pitches during spring training at the Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg. Photo by James Borchuck, Times
Lefty David Price pitches during spring training at the Naimoli Complex in St. Petersburg. Photo by James Borchuck, TimesNew Rays and former Twins SS Jason Bartlett said the first time he saw talented Minnesota lefthander Francisco Liriano throw, he thought he reminded him of ace Johan Santana.
And Thursday, when Bartlett saw Rays top draft pick David Price throw for the first time, he thought he reminded him of Liriano.
"From what I've seen he throws like Liriano up there. Obviously he doesn't have the changeup Liriano has just yet and the kid's young, but they've probably got Liriano in the future,'' Bartlett said. "The guy has to work hard and he'll be up there for a long time.''
Price, 22, threw 33 pitches in his first session against big-league hitters, and his first against any hitters in seven months since his last game for Vanderbilt. He looked good despite not having the sharpest command, and impressed just about everyone.
" I thought he was perfectly fine,'' pitching coach Jim Hickey said.