Rays Prospect Q & A: Robby Price

Robby Price was a tenth round pick out of the University of Kansas in the 2010 June Amateur Draft. Last year for the Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods, Price posted a .283/.426/.407 slash line with 16 stolen bases and 85 runs scored in 127 games. We caught up briefly with the infielder after a Double-A spring training game against the Red Sox earlier this week. Inside is our interview.

Rays Digest: How's spring training going so far? What kinds of things have you been working on?

Robby Price: It's been going really well. It's been a grind every day. There are a lot of good players out here and it's only going to make you better. The competition is really, really good this year and I'm just going out there and trying to fine-tune my abilities. There are some skills I'm working on. You gotta just stay on it and keep grinding.

Rays Digest: You had a really, really good walk-to-strikeout ratio last year. Can you tell me a little bit about your approach at the plate and what you focus on when your hitting?

Robby Price: I think I try to look for my pitch early on in the count, which is usually a fastball somewhere in the middle of the plate. From there, it is all about seeing the baseball. If you can see the ball out of the hand and try to lay off the pitches that are down, up, or out of the zone, then you're going to get into some better counts to hit in. I'm just trying to work the count a little bit and get the count in my favor. I feel like if I can do that, then it brings out my abilities better than if I am in a two-strike count. I'm just trying to see the ball out of the hand.

Rays Digest: You played second at Kansas, but you've been playing a lot of third this spring and also last season. Is third base going to be where you are this season? Or are they going to put you wherever they need you?

Robby Price: I'm not real sure. I'm just kinda going out here and they're throwing me around a little bit. They've talked to me about just being a utility guy, where maybe one day I play third, maybe I play a couple of days at second base, just wherever they need a guy in there. They talked about the Rays major league team. If you look at all those guys, they can all play multiple positions. I think they're trying to get that at the lower levels too. It's not just me, there are a lot of guys that are flipping positions here and there and playing some outfield and infield and all over the place.

Rays Digest: What is your main goal for the rest of spring training? Is there anything specific you want to work on this year?

Robby Price: Everything. I just try and go to the ballpark every day and get better. It's not just one thing. We're all minor leaguers and obviously we all have the goal of getting to the ultimate - being major league-caliber players. You can't just work on one thing here. You have to keep working and keep grinding and work on everything while you have the chance.

John Gregg is Publisher and Senior Editor of Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @RaysDigest. He can also be reached via e-mail at raysdigest.com@gmail.com.


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