I am counting these three young Rays starters as one, and all show a world of promise.
Price is the phenom we remember from a couple of years back during the Rays' World Series run, Niemann is the big righty who led Rice to a college baseball championship, and Davis is the less heralded youngster, who may actually end up being the best of the three.
Price’s impact on the Rays down the stretch and in the playoffs during their 2008 World Series run has been well documented. This season the Rays are ready to fully unleash Price after a year of seasoning, and the sky is the limit.
By some accounts, Niemann has been a disappointment.
Out of college he was touted as an elite prospect, but he never posted fantastic minor league numbers. However, his 2009 season, in which he posted a 3.95 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP, showed a ton of promise, and the talent within is starting to come to the surface.
Davis entered the Rays system with a lot less buzz than Price and Niemann, but quickly made a name for himself. He has five excellent minor league seasons behind him and is ready to make an impact at the big league level. He has a very good chance to be the 2010 AL Rookie of the Year.