Former Vanderbilt pitcher David Price will be the American League’s starting pitcher in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on Tuesday.
Price is the youngest pitcher in 23 years to earn an All-Star start. The first overall pick in the 2007 draft is 24, one year older than Dwight Gooden, the National League starter in 1987.
Price has an A.L.-best 12 wins (in 17 starts) and a 2.42 ERA. He also has 100 strikeouts in 115.1 innings.
That makes him the first pitcher 25 or younger since Roger Clemens in 1986 to reach the All-Star break with at least 12 wins, an ERA under 2.50 and at least 100 strikeouts.
In his most recent start (last Wednesday) he struck out 10 and allowed just two runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings against Boston.
"David Price has really come into his own," Angels All-Star center fielder Torii Hunter said to mlb.com. "You'd have to say, looking at his numbers, he's been the best starter in our league."