Kansas Senior Price Selected by Tampa Bay Rays

June 8, 2010

Ro. Price Interview


Kansas senior second baseman Robby Price has been selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 13th round of the Major League Baseball first-year player draft with the 401st overall pick.

Price becomes the second Jayhawk selected in this year’s draft, and the second position player taken from KU. Earlier in the day, junior third baseman Tony Thompson was selected by the Oakland A’s in the sixth round.

Price, a senior second baseman Lawrence, Kan., enjoyed a career year in 2010, batting .351 with highs in doubles (19), homers (six), runs (67), RBIs (49) and slugging percentage (.557). He became the first Jayhawk to be named Big 12 Player of the Week three times in the same season. He produced a 22-game hitting streak in March and April, which ranks as the third-longest in KU history and was the second-longest in the Big 12 this season. He was one of two Jayhawks named first team all-conference this year.

The senior enjoyed a fabulous KU career, ranking in the team’s top 10 in career games played (232), at bats (847), hits (261), runs (204), triples (12), walks (139), and is the career leader in sacrifice bunts (55). Price also recorded a career fielding percentage of .979, committing just 22 errors in 1,003 chances.

Price becomes the third brother in his family taken in the MLB draft, as older brothers Ritchie (New York Mets, 2006) and Ryne (San Francisco Giants, 2008) were both taken after their senior years at Kansas.

The MLB draft continues Tuesday, and will wrap up Wednesday.