1. David Price, Detroit Tigers
Sep 23, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) warms up before the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Who else would it be?
David Price has been dominant his entire career, and last season was no exception. The Detroit Free Press breaks down the numbers for us:
"In 2014, he led the American League with 2481/3 innings, 271 strikeouts and 230 hits allowed. He finished sixth in Cy Young Award voting after winning the award in 2012 and will try to build off that in his final season before free agency. Half of his 34 starts in 2014 were more than eight innings, besting Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (15) and Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto (15) for most in the major leagues."
As it turns out, Price was “drained physically” and “drained mentally” last season when he put up those numbers. Imagine what is in store for 2015. The dust is settled and he’s ready to go. David Price is just one of those pitchers that comes along once in a great while, and has been ever since his rookie season back in 2008. He pitches late into games, is rarely injured, and has the ability to be in complete control of a situation. His dominance is unmatched in the AL Central, and for guy that’s looking to cash in big in free agency, this season will be his most crucial yet.