Tampa Bay Rays Mount Rushmore

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 5: A general view shows the Tampa Bay Devil Rays game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on May 5, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Devil Rays won 3-2 in 12 innings. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - MAY 5: A general view shows the Tampa Bay Devil Rays game against the Oakland Athletics at Tropicana Field on May 5, 2007 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Devil Rays won 3-2 in 12 innings. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /
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David Price (2008-2014)

It did not take long for David Price to announce his presence in the majors, as he was a key part of the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen in the 2008 postseason.

A top prospect, he was called up to get a taste of playoff action. As it turned out, Price dominated, allowing just 13 baserunners and three earned runs in his 14 innings. Added to the postseason roster, he allowed just two runs in 5.2 October innings, even earning a victory. He appeared ready for his ascension to stardom.

Price did exactly that. Just two years later, he made his first All Star Game, and was second in the Cy Young vote. Then, in 2012, he led the American League with 20 wins and a 2.56 ERA, bringing home the award. He was a four time All Star, a workhorse who was the staff ace that the Rays needed during their run of success.

Overall, Price had a great deal of success with the Rays. He posted an 82-47 record, along with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.142 WHiP. In his 1143.2 innings, he struck out 1065 batters while issuing 309 walks. Although it is easy to focus on his postseason struggles, or his problems since joining the Red Sox, Price was a star with the Tampa Bay Rays.

David Price gave Tampa Bay exactly what they needed. He proved to be a key piece of their time as perennial postseason contenders.