Sophomore right-handed pitcher Matt Price joined junior outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in being ranked among the Top 100 college prospects for the 2011 draft by Baseball America.
Both preseason All-America selections, Bradley is rated the No. 6 best college prospect for this June's draft with Price rated No. 45 in the nation.
Price went 5-1 out of the bullpen last year with a 2.26 ERA as well as 10 saves. He struck out 83 batters in 55.2 innings, finishing with an average of 13.41 strikeouts per nine innings, a school record at Carolina.
How did you spend your offseason?
Resting up. Omaha was pretty impressive. I was a little fatigued and tired. Coach Tanner wanted me to take the whole fall off, work out and rehab, stuff like that.
Did you do anything exciting?
I didn't really do too much. I just relaxed and went home, back to Sumter, and enjoyed what we accomplished last year.
You were ranked among the Top 100 draftable prospects. Do you keep up with stuff like that?
I heard about it from a couple of the guys. It's an honor, but I'm trying to accomplish more than that and be better than what I was projected.
Does a ranking like that put any additional pressure on you?
I don't really think about it once I get between the white lines. I just go out there and try to do my job and get us in a situation to win.
Talk about your role in 2011.
As of right now they have me in bullpen still closing. If things don't work, I might to have to start. But as of right now, Coach Tanner wants me to be in the closing role.