David wore #23 for the Blackman High School Blaze. The school retired his number during a football game in 2007.
David threw a no-hitter against Smyrna High School as a freshman in 2001 but lost 1–0.
In 2005, David pitched for Team USA and won two games with a 1.26 ERA. In the summer of 2006, David represented the U.S. in the World University Championships in Cuba. The Americans took the gold medal. David won five games and had a 0.20 ERA for the national team that summer. He was named USA Baseball Pitcher of the Year both seasons.
In a 2006 game against Arkansas, David struck out 17 batters. He repeated this feat in a playoff game against Austin Peay in 2007.
Vanderbilt won 16 of the 17 games Davis started as a junior.
David pitched a 10-inning shutout against Ole Miss to open the 2007 SEC season.
David won the 2007 Golden Spikes Award. He outpaced finalists Pedro Alvarez, Matt LaPorta, Kyle Russell and Tony Thomas.
David’s 194 strikeouts in 2007 were the second most in SEC history. LSU’s Ben McDonald holds the record with 202.
David eclipsed Mike Willis as Vanderbilt’s all-time strikeout leader in 2007.
David was a First Team All-American in 2007.
David was the fourth left-handed pitcher taken with the top pick in the MLB draft. David Clyde, Floyd Bannister and Brien Taylor were the first three.
In 2008, David became the fastest player to go from the June draft to World Series. He surpassed Chipper Jones and Tim Belcher, who both took five years.
David was named the 2008 Minor League Player of the Year by USA Today. Five other Rays had won the award—Tino Martinez, Cliff Floyd, Josh Hamilton, Gabe Kapler and Matt Garza.
David began his minor league career with 20 consecutive scoreless innings.
In 2009, David led all AL rookies with a .241 average against.
David got his first major league hit off Aaron Cook of the Colorado Rockies in 2009.
David had the top winning percentage in the majors in 2010.
David did not allow a homer to a left-handed hitter in 2010 and only only 7.3 hits per nine innings overall.
David and Jon Lester were the only pitchers in baseball in 2010 to record 12 wins against opponents with winning records.
David won the Warren Spahn Award in 2010 as baseball’s top left-handed hurler. He was the youngest southpaw since Dontrelle Willis to win 19 games in a season.
David’s competitiveness once got him into a contest with teammate James Shields to see who could fit the most gum in his mouth. They agreed to quit at 25. “I thought I was going to throw up,” Shields remembers. “I almost choked,” David laughs. “It was terrible.”
David was the star of the Blackman High basketball team. One of his teammates and good friends, Nathan Stephens, died in 2007 while playing in a pickup game in college. David headed a benefit to fund a scholarship in his honor.
David is an excellent bowler, golfer and pool playerl.
When Eli was 10,
he made a personal rule: he declared he could be kissed only once a
David’s signing bonus was the second-highest in history at the time. Only Justin Upton’s $6.1 million bonus was larger.
In October of 2008, David introduced presidential candidate Barack Obama at a rally in Tampa.
After turning pro, David established Project One Four. The charity supports programs and organizations that provide opportunities for young people to learn life skills in a safe and supportive environment.
David majored in sociology in college.
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