Price: 'One of the best days of my life'
The Devil Rays made Vanderbilt LHP David Price the top pick of Thursday's draft. The selection was announced by commissioner Bud Selig at Disney.
"We think this guy has all the ability to be a front of the rotation major-league type pitcher,'' scouting director R.J. Harrison said. "Now it's jusy a matter of getting him signed, getting him in uniform, getting him along in that development process.''
Price, at a family gathering in Nashville, smiled and looked relieved on the ESPN broadcast, donning a Rays cap and jersey.
"My emotions are obviously running really high right now,'' Price said. "It's one of the best days of my life so I'm going to cherish it.''
As for going to the Rays, Price said: "It's a great feeling. They have a good team already with a bunch of veteran leaders and a bunch of young players out there already.'' He said it would be "an honor" to eventually join the Rays.
Price, 21, went 11-1, 2.63 for the Commodores, striking out a national high 194 in 133 1/3 innings in his junior season. In three seasons, he was 22-10, 3.10 with a school-record 441 strikeouts.
Contract negotiations will begin Friday, the Rays said.
"It's difficult to project how long that will take,'' Rays executive VP Andrew Friedman said. "We hope to resolve this as quickly as possible.''