2007 MLB Draft Q&A: David Price

Considered to be the consensus number one talent of the 2007 draft class, Vanderbilt lefty, David Price may enter next spring as the most highly regarded pitching prospect since Mark Prior. We recently sat down with the 6-foot-6 southpaw to discuss how he deals with the hype, his Team USA experience, and much more.

Scout.com: First of all, you are coming off a great summer. What are your overall feelings about that experience with Team USA?

David Price: Team USA was a great experience. I not only got to play with Pedro [Alvarez] and Casey [Weathers] but my coach was Coach [Tim] Corbin. Being around those three made the experience that much better.

Scout.com: It seemed that you really turned a corner and were able to dominate this summer. What types of improvements do you think you were able to make this summer and how do you feel they'll help you this spring?

David Price: This summer I worked a lot on improving and establishing my changeup. I will need that pitch this year and later on in my career. It will not only help me get people out, but it will lower my pitch count, allowing me to go deeper into games.

Scout.com: You are getting a lot of early attention for next spring and the '07 draft. In what ways have you tried to ignore the expectations and attention?

David Price: I have to make sure I have fun this year and stay relaxed. Baseball has always been a game to me and I want to keep it that way.

Scout.com: One of the things I've read about you is that one of your keys to success is avoiding big innings and pitching within yourself. Do you think that is pretty accurate and in what ways have you worked to improve that?

David Price: Yes, that is what I have to do to stay successful. I have been working on the mental part of the game with Coach Johnson this fall to get better at this.

Scout.com: What would you say is your strongest attribute as a pitcher and why?

David Price: I would say how I keep the game fun. I come to practice everyday with a plan to get better. While at the same time, at practice, I have fun and try to make my teammates have fun also.

Scout.com: Please describe your repertoire of pitches, the velocities of each and which is your best pitch, etc.

David Price: I throw a fastball, a changeup, and a slider. My best pitch would have to be my fastball and then my slider would be my second pitch. My fastball is anywhere from 90-97 MPH and my slider is from 82-86 MPH.

Scout.com: What big league pitcher would you best compare yourself to in terms of style and why?

David Price: I would have to say Dontrelle Willis, mainly because he keeps the game fun and has a good time doing it.

Scout.com: If you had describe your overall game, what are some important things you'd point out and basically what should people know about your style of pitching?

David Price: I would like to think of myself as a power pitcher. Every pitch I throw is relatively hard for that specified pitch.

Scout.com: We've talked about some improvements you'd like to make. What other significant improvements do you feel you have to make over the next year and how do you plan to correct them?

David Price: I just want to make sure I keep the game slow and do not have the big innings. I have worked this fall with some mental toughness training with Coach Johnson. We have done some breathing techniques to make sure my breathing doesn't speed up during the game.

Scout.com: If you had to look back at a turning point in your career, what would it be? In other words, when did you realize you could take your game to the next level?

David Price: I guess I realized when I was about a junior in high school. That's when I realized I had a chance to pitch in a college setting.

Scout.com: You'll be looked to as the leader of the Vanderbilt staff this spring. Is that the type of role that you relish and what characteristics does it take to be that type of guy?

David Price: Yes, this is a role that I want for this year. This team has some youth but we also have some proven veterans. I think a leader is someone that doesn't get down when things are going so well and makes sure the attitudes of his teammates stay high.

Scout.com: What are some of your overall goals from a team standpoint and from a personal standpoint this spring?

David Price: Well, obviously I want to go to Omaha. I guess a personal goal is to be the best pitcher in the nation.

Scout.com: If there was one thing that you feel a pro scout or anyone else for that matter should know about you that they might not see at first glance, what would it be?

David Price: I'd like them to know that I truly love the game.

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