Price to begin career in Class A

Price to begin career in Class A

ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price will begin his professional career at Class A Vero Beach of the Florida State League.

Price, 22, was chosen by the Rays first overall in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Vanderbilt University. After working out with the Rays all spring, the hard-throwing left-hander was optioned to the Minor Leagues on Tuesday after pitching against the Twins.

Price impressed throughout Spring Training, finishing his spring with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances while retiring six of the seven hitters he faced, striking out three and hitting one. In the process, his fastball hit 99 mph on several occasions.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.