David Price has grown from phenom to ace

Updated: September 23, 2010, 2:35 AM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN

You can count the reasons for the swift ascent of the Rays' David Price on one hand. He now can throw five pitches for strikes on any count, compared to the two pitches he threw for strikes when the Rays made him the No. 1 pick in the country out of Vanderbilt in 2007.

Three years ago, Price threw a four-seam fastball and a slider, which was enough to handle hitters in college. It supposedly was a devastating slider, but the Rays still haven't seen that pitch, so they tinkered with his ...

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