David Price, a Murfreesboro, Tenn. native, began playing baseball in his diaper days and he hasn’t put down the ball since. Price grew up loving the game, cheering on the Atlanta Braves, and dreaming of meeting Braves three time All-Star David Justice. Little did Price know, but he was on the fast track to becoming an All-Star himself (five times to be exact).
Price started impressing the athletic community as a standout on the Blackman High School baseball and basketball teams. He walked away from Blackman with dozens of awards and honors, including three time Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year and a spot on the High School All-America team in 2004, as well as an offer to sign a MLB contract from the Los Angeles Dodges. But he didn’t sign just yet.
Instead he chose to attend Vanderbilt University on an athletic scholarship, where he would eventually become one of the nation’s top strikeout pitchers, help the US earn a gold medal in the World University Championship in Cuba and be recognized as the most decorated baseball player in Vanderbilt’s history.
In June of 2007, Price moved on to the big leagues. He was drafted as the number one pick overall in the amateur draft. He worked his way up through the minors and made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 against the Yankees. As a Ray, he left his mark as the first 20-win pitcher in Rays franchise history, the youngest American league pitcher to earn 20 wins in a season since 2004 and more than 800 strikeouts. In 2007 he won the top four awards given to a Division I baseball player, the only player in the history of these awards to do so.
Price is currently representing the Boston Red Sox.
“My parents always told me that if I ever got in a position to give back to the community, I should which is why I started Project One Four.” David Price