Selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 draft, David Price enjoyed a meteoric rise to the major leagues after beginning his professional debut at High-A Vero Beach. While he would ultimately serve as a late-inning presence in the Rays’ bid for a World Series later that season, it was clear that the left-hander’s highest ceiling was as a starter.
With a three-pitch mix consisting of a plus fastball, plus slider and an above-average to plus changeup, Price has been one of the game’s top pitchers in each of the last three seasons.
The 6’6” southpaw enjoyed his best season in 2012, as he was 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA and 205/59 K/BB in 211 innings. In addition to being named to his third consecutive All-Star team, the 26-year-old also received the American League Cy Young award for his superb season.
Not surprisingly, if one looks to the minor leagues, it’s difficult to identify another left-hander with the polish, arsenal and ceiling of Price. However, here are five pitching prospects in which I see at least some similarity.