2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: David Price
Greg Jewett dives into the data to tell fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from the veteran lefty during the 2019 MLB season.
As David Price ages, he’s adapting. It started last year working with reduced velocity but overcoming his struggles with the Yankees culminating in winning two games during the World Series against the Dodgers. After a slow start, Price turned the corner in the second half and carried the momentum throughout the playoffs. He adjusted his arsenal refining his pitches using the top and the bottom of the strike zone to change eye levels resulting in his success.
Price won 16 games in the regular season over 176 innings with 177 strikeouts against 50 walks with a 3.58 ERA, 4.02 FIP and 1.14 WHIP. His strikeouts minus walks percentage rebounded to 17.6 percent despite his swinging strike percentage dropping by two points. Before divulging his second half surge, here’s a look at his pitches from the previous two seasons courtesy of Brooks Baseball:
Starting with throwing fewer sinkers, Price added more changeups and cutters in 2018 with success. While the whiff per swing rates...