TUCSON, Ariz. Air Force Academy freshman pitcher Nathan Price was named a
Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball News, the publication announcedWednesday, June 5. Price becomes the eleventh Freshman All-American in program history, and the first since Nic Ready was named one in 2016.
Price wrapped up one of the best seasons from a freshman pitcher in program
history in 2019 as the team's primary option out of the bullpen. The righty
made a team-high 22 appearances, all in relief, and pitched to a 2.59 ERA
over 62.2 innings. He totaled six wins and five saves, while also racking up
32 strikeouts to just 18 walks.
In the Mountain West, Price finished with the fourth-best ERA among
qualifying pitchers, while his five saves were sixth-most, and six wins were
tied for fourth-most. He held opponents to a .232 batting average, which
ranked sixth-best in the conference, and his 18 walks allowed were the
second-fewest. Nationally, Price's ERA was ranked 68th, while his WHIP of
1.10 was 95th and his 7.32 hits allowed per nine innings was 130th.
As for his numbers in a single season for a freshman, Price's ERA was the
fourth-best for a rookie in program history, while his wins were tied for
third-most and his saves were the second-most. This all came in the
fifth-most appearances for a freshman pitcher in program history.