Most Boston Red Sox fans view Matt Barnes, Anthony Ranaudo, Henry Owens and Brandon Workman as the top pitching prospects in the team's farm system. With pitching depth in the minors at it's best in years, there is another name in right handed pitcher Matthew Price that could be knocking on the door after an impressive 2013 season.
Price, who was an eighth round draft pick in 2010 by Boston out of Virgina Teach has dealt with an array of injuries that caused him to miss majority of the 2011 because of Tommy John surgery and all of the 2012 campaign due to a suspension for a drug abuse . He was converted to a relief pitcher last spring and the conversion was a success as Price was an effective late inning reliever for High-A Salem.
In 35 games for Salem, Price went 6-0 with 2.41 ERA and six saves. He showed solid control recording a 50/22 walk to strikeout ratio 53 innings for the Red Sox. Having a low 90's fastball and a decent slider has allowed Price to get his fair share of groundouts.
Expect Price to start 2014 with Double-A Portland as a seventh or eighth inning pitcher. New Sea Dogs manager Billy McMillon will get the most out of Price since he managed him with Salem last year. At 24, he has the chance to potentially end this year with Triple-A Pawtucket and by 2015 could be knocking on the bullpen spot in Boston's bullpen as a mid reliever.