The Orioles drafted Matt Price in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB draft and gave him a slot bonus of $149,300. If healthy, Price would have been sent to the GCL for a few games followed by more innings at Aberdeen. However, a right shoulder injury kept price out of game action in the GCL.
“His physical wasn’t completely clean and they are being overly cautious,” Orioles scouting director Gary Rajsich said. “I’m not saying that is anything out of the ordinary, it is just a pitcher with a lot of wear and tear.”
Price is a smart pitcher and has a clear idea of how to set up hitters and works both sides of the plate. His smarts make up for his stuff which is not overpowering. His command and control help all of his pitches play up.
Price should progress quickly through the minors if he remains healthy. Despite the fact that Price has yet to make his pro debut, he’s still likely to open 2013 as part of Delmarva’s bullpen.