David Taylor Price (born 26 August 1985) is an American baseball player who currently plays for the Boston Red Sox of the Major League Baseball (MLB). Since he was a child playing baseball for recreation, Price had already shown immense talents and prospects in baseball. In the 2007 Major League Baseball draft, his skills became rewarded as he was selected first to play in the prestigious MLB. David Price is well known and respected in the sport as a skilful pitcher. In this David Price biography facts, childhood, net worth and personal life, we consider the profile and some of the important events in the life of this incredible sportsman.
David Price Biography Facts, Age, Info
- Full Name: David Taylor Price
- Nickname: Slim Dunkin
- Date of Birth: August 26, 1985
- Age: 34 years old
- Place of Birth: Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
- Nationality: American
- Occupation: Baseball Player
- League: MLB
- MBL Debut: Tampa Bay Devil Rays (August 9, 2007)
- Current Team: Boston Red Sox
- Position: Pitcher
- Jersey Number: #10
- Bats: Right-handed
- Throws: Right
- Net Worth: $80 million
- Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96m)
- Weight: 98 kg (216 Ibs)
- Education: Blackman High School; Vanderbilt University
- Parents: Bonnie Price (father), Debbie Price (mother)
- Siblings: Damon Price (Brother), Jackie Price (Brother)
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife: Tiffany Smith (married 2016)
- Zodiac Sign: Virgo
David Price Childhood Story & Early Life
On the 26th August 1985, David Taylor Price was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the United States to his father, Bonnie Price and mother, Debbie Price. David Price started playing and watching American baseball as a child. Growing up, he mentored after David Justice, who was at the time a baseball star.
During his High School years at Blackman, he established himself as a key player in both baseball and basketball lifting all trophies possible in baseball. In 2002, he was named the Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year and in 2003 and 2004 the Rutherford County MVP Pitcher of the year and in 2004, he participated in the High School All-America Game.
David Price College Career
In 2004, Price gained a scholarship to the Vanderbilt University and upon admission, played baseball for three seasons beginning in his freshman year. That year, he was named to both the Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America Freshman All-American teams. He continued in his good course and was among the top five contenders for the Golden spikes award and a contender for Roger Clemens award in his sophomore year; he was also nominated and won a number of awards including setting a record of being America’s top strikeout pitcher, the Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award in 2007 being the 1st in college baseball history to pick all available awards.
David Price Professional/MLB Career & Achievements
Tampa Bay Rays (2008–2014)
In the 2007 MLB draft, he was the 1st selection of the 1st round by the Tampa bay rays. He signed a contract days later and then made his professional debut in August 2008 against the Yankees. Weeks later against the Boston Red Sox, he became the winning pitcher. Price had his 1st career save against Boston Red sox, marking different records against the same team twice in his debut season. That year, he had the honour to introduce President Barrack Obama during a presidential campaign.
Into the 2009 season Price had his 1st MLB regular-season victory against Minnesota Twins, a game he performed exceptionally, through the 2009 season he consistently displayed fine performances ending it with 102 strikeouts, 4,42 ERA, 54 walks and a 10-7 record in 23 starting appearances.
David Taylor Price attained 10 wins in June 2010, becoming the first American League pitcher to hit that record and led the league with a 2.31 ERA. In anticipation of the 2010 All-Star Game, he was announced as the starting pitcher. Making more progress in the league than the past year, he completed the season as joint second in wins and third in ERA while in strikeouts finished 188. In the 2011 season, Price ended with 218 strikeouts, 3.49 ERA, and a 12–13 record starting 34 games.
Price won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012 after putting up very good feats, judging him the right man for the prestigious award. He also pitched in the MLB All-Star Game that season and got his 20th win of the season against Chicago White Sox, becoming the youngest player in the league to reach that record.
Price had his career-best four complete games in the AL during the 2013 season. In the 2013 American League Wild Card tie-breaker against the Texas Rangers, Price helped Tampa Bay Rays pitch a complete game against Texas Rangers during the AL Wild Card tie-breaker to get to the postseason. In 2014, Price set another hallmark when he became the only player to record 10 strikeouts in 5 starts. That same season he was named in the season’s MLB All-Star game which he didn’t participate in because of pitching two days before.
Detroit Tigers (2014–2015)
In July 2014, Price was traded to Detroit Tigers and then made his debut in August. Against his former team, Tampa Bay Rays, he had his worst performance ever losing a complete game and becoming the 1st MLB pitcher to lose a complete game. In the next game, his performances were better hitting 12 times in the game which unfortunately ended in a loss. Through the season, he finished 1st in the MLB as regards innings and was called to his 5th All-Star Game, and won the tournament in a grand style striking out 115 times with a 9–2 record and recording 2.38 ERA.
Toronto Blue Jays (2015)
After the MLB All-Star Game, Price completed a transfer move to Toronto Blue Jays in July making his debut in August. In September 2015, he recorded his 100th Career victory against the Baltimore Orioles. He ended the 2015 season being 2nd in the AL Cy Young Award.
Boston Red Sox (2016–date)
With just 5 months with the Blue Jays, David Price was traded to the Boston Red Sox in December 2015, signing a seven-year contract. In April the next year, he made his debut for the season and the team and immediately showed how much he was needed. Through the season, he led the league in innings and hits within 35 starts.
The 2017 season was on the sidelines due to an elbow injury and returned in May; then benched in June for the injury re-occurrence featuring for the team just as a reliever.
In 2018 season, became a starting pitcher once more and excelled as he used to, picking up the AL Comeback Player of the year. The Baseball Writers’ Association of America named him the MLB best performer of the year.
In 2019, he has announced the regular starter for the pitcher’s position but was ruled out of further games in May due to injury. Returning that same month, he was out of the team again in August due to a paternity leave after the delivery of his second child and was out for further games due to another injury. For the rest of the year, he was used as a reliever due to his injury condition.
David Price Net Worth, Salary & Endorsement
Price’s net worth as of present is projected at $80 million. His annual salary from Boston Red Sox is $30 million. He has an endorsement earning of $950,000 from sponsorship deals with Nike, Topps Fanatics and Rawlings.
David Price Personal life
David Taylor Price got married in 2016 to Tiffany Smith and the duo have two children together, the first-named Xavier. Xavier is the reason why Price’s kit number is #10 as the alphabet ‘X’ being the 1st alphabet of Xavier’s name denotes number ‘10’ in the Roman numerals.
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