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June 7, 2007
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DRAFT DAY QUOTES
I think DJ¹s work with both (David) and Casey is phenomenal. Look at the improvement (David's) made from last year to this year and look at what Casey has become, a transformed outfielder to a true pitcher. That¹s why you tell kids that they can become that.
This has been the greatest three years of my life. I wouldn¹t trade it in for anything. I wouldn¹t take back these days that I¹ve had with Coach Corbin, Coach Johnson, Coach Bakich and my teammates for anything. They¹re truly great people and part of my family.
David Price Selected No. 1 Overall By the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, FL---The Tampa Bay Devil Rays today selected left-handed pitcher David Price with the first overall selection in the 2007 first-year player draft.
Price, 21, went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA in leading Vanderbilt University to a school record 54-13 mark and a Southeastern Conference Championship. The Commodores were ranked number one in the nation nine consecutive weeks heading into the NCAA regional tournament. He led the nation with a school-record 194 strikeouts (in 133.1 inning pitched), second most in SEC history behind another number one overall pick, Ben McDonald (202 with LSU in 1989). His 11 victories led the SEC and were second most in school history.
He was named Collegiate Baseball's National Co-Player of the Year, the first Vanderbilt player to receive the award. He was also selected SEC Pitcher of the Year as well as a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes (top college player) and Roger Clemens (top college pitcher) awards.
In his three-year career at Vanderbilt he posted a 22-10 record with a 3.10 ERA and a school-record 441 strikeouts, shattering the previous mark of 350 by former Toronto Blue Jay Mike Willis, who pitched with Vanderbilt from 1969-72.
In 2006, he led the USA Baseball team to a Gold Medal at the World University Games in Cuba, going 5-1 with a 0.20 ERA (1 ER in 44 IP) and was named Summer Player of the Year by Baseball America.
In its most recent edition, Baseball America rated Price as the number one prospect in the draft. In addition the publication ranked him as having the best secondary pitch among college pitchers, having the second best fastball and as being the closest college pitcher to the majors.
This is the third occasion the Rays have had the number one overall selection in the draft (outfielders Josh Hamilton in 1999 and Delmon Young in 2004).
Colorado Rockies Select RHP
Casey Weathers with No. 8 Pick
"Casey has a power arm with a lot of upside," Rockies Vice President of Scouting Bill Schmidt said. "He has a fresh arm and we are certainly looking forward to bringing him into our system."
Weathers, who turns 22 years old on Sunday, went 12-2 with a 2.37 ERA (49.1 ip, 13 er) over 31 relief appearances for the Commodores in his senior season this year. He recorded a team-high 7 saves for Vanderbilt, a squad that was the top-ranked collegiate team in the country for much of the season. Weathers issued just 21 walks against 75 strikeouts as opposing batters hit just .154 (25-for-162). Vanderbilt was knocked out of the NCAA Regional with a 10-inning loss on Monday vs. Michigan.
He was the second Vanderbilt player selected among the first eight picks in this year's draft, as teammate David Price was the first overall pick in the draft by Tampa Bay.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Weathers was a late addition to a Team USA that went 8-0 and took the gold medal at the FISU World Championships in Havana, Cuba in August. He was also named Alaska Summer League Closer of the Year, going 1-0, 0.84 (21.1 ip, 2 er) for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. He was ranked as the 4th-best prospect in the Alaska Summer League by Baseball America.
Weathers transferred to Vanderbilt after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Sacramento City College. He was an outfielder during his freshman year in junior college. Weathers attended Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, Calif., which is located south of Sacramento, where he was named all-city and all-league.
Drafted by Detroit in the 25th round of last year's draft, Weathers elected to return for his senior year, and he is a finalist for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
It was the sixth time in the 16 drafts in franchise history for the Rockies to select eighth or lower, the third consecutive year to do so. This marks the second consecutive year that Colorado has taken a pitcher with its first overall selection, the sixth time to take a college player with the first pick. The other college pitchers taken by the Rockies as first picks: John Burke (1992), Jeff Francis (2002), and Greg Reynolds (2006). Colorado has now taken a pitcher as its first pick 11 times in 16 drafts.