VU's Price chosen No. 1 by Devil Rays

Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 1:00am

As expected, Vanderbilt junior pitcher David Price was the No. 1 overall pick in today's annual Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Price, a 6-foot-5 left-hander from Murfreesboro, was 11-1 with a 2.63 earned-run average in 2007. He also became Vanderbilt's all-time leader in strikeouts and helped lead the team to the best season in school history.

"Going to college was the best thing I ever did," Price said on ESPN2 after being selected.

Vanderbilt reliever Casey Weathers, who was 12-2 with seven saves this year, was selected with the No. 8 pick in the first round of Thursday's draft by the Colorado Rockies.

Former Tennessee pitcher Luke Hochevar was the No. 1 overall pick in 2006 by the Kansas City Royals. Two months after the draft, he signed a four-year contract worth $5.3 million. He received a $3.5 million signing bonus.

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