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Price is right in Triple-A start

Updated: May 18, 2009, 12:08 PM ET
By Kevin Goldstein | Baseball Prospectus

Not so broken after all

David Price, RHP, Rays (Triple-A Durham)
Sunday's stats: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K
Two of the most overwrought questions in the minors early this season revolve around what is "wrong" with Matt Wieters and David Price, the top two prospects in the game. The answer, of course, is nothing at all. Wieters homered Friday and had a triple, then scored the only run of the game on Saturday. Price put an exclamation point on the weekend Sunday afternoon with the performance you see above. The Rays' experiment with very strict pitch counts at Triple-A (Price was lifted after just 82 pitches, his highest total of the year) meant that Price left well before he was tired, but at least the minor league questions about the pair likely will go away soon.

A little friendly competition never hurt anybody

Madison Bumgarner, LHP, Giants (Double-A Connecticut)
Sunday's stats: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K
Tim Alderson announced his Eastern League presence with authority with six no-hit innings in his Double-A debut on May 10. Meanwhile, Bumgarner's first outing was merely very good, as he gave up one run on seven hits in six innings. On Sunday afternoon, he almost matched Alderson's big day. I've written about the Giants' having the most terrifying rotation in the game, and in the past, I usually attached the year 2011 to that occurrence. That might prove to be too conservative an estimate.

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