#1 – RHP Matt Harvey

Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Height/Weight: 6’4”, 210 lbs
Acquired: 1st rd 2010 – 7th overall (UNC)
Born: 3/27/89
2011 Rank: #2

Why Ranked Here: The Mets and Mets fans can dream about Harvey fronting the rotation of their next playoff team. He has both the first-round pedigree and the raw stuff. Now can he put it all together in game action?

The son of a hitting coach, Harvey has a full four-pitch arsenal with a slider, curve and changeup to complement his plus fastball. His heater sits in the low-mid 90s, and can touch 96 or 97. In the offseason after the 2011 season, he worked to add a two-seam fastball/sinker to his arsenal.

Scouts liked both of Harvey’s breaking balls, the curve and the slider, which now operate as two defined pitches. The velocity on his slider, which he did not start throwing until his junior year of college, increased from his collegiate years to 86-89 mph as a professional in 2011.  Harvey learned to trust his grips and in his words, “Let the pitch go.” The curveball, which was always his out pitch as an amateur, remains a weapon to hitters of both sides.

Harvey’s changeup, which he made a conscious effort to throw a lot in double-A has become a useful pitch. Double-A lefties hit .250/.308/.365 in 105 PA against him compared to righties who to hit .239/.328/.333 in 136 PA.

Immediately before his promotion to double-A, the son of a hitting coach, explained to me that his biggest challenge was still learning himself as a pitcher.

The Mets were cautious with Harvey’s pitch counts, but he said that his body really responded well to the professional routine where he threw every fifth day rather than the collegiate routine of every seventh day.  He’s physical at 6’4”, 210 and had little problem maintaining his velocity deep into games.

He’s going to start in the big leagues, the question is whether he becomes a solid innings eater or something better.

2011: Harvey cruised through the Florida State League, fanning 30% of the batters he faced to earn a July 4th promotion to double-A Binghamton.

In his first six starts, he struggled for the first time as a professional in Binghamton where he allowed 19 runs in his first 29.2 innings, pitching to a 5.76 ERA.  During this time, his K/BB ratio of 3.8 (38 K/10 BB) was still strong, but he was getting hurt in the zone as evidenced by the 35 hits. In his final six starts, he lowered his ERA to 3.30, his K/BB dropped to two (26/13), but he yielded just 23 hits in 30 innings.

Dr. Pangloss Says: Starting the next Mets playoff game

Debbie Downer Says: Mike Pelfrey (minors)

Projected 2012 Start: Double-A Binghamton. Buffalo by June.

MLB Arrival: August 2012

 

Fastball, Slider & Curve. Enjoy

Basic Stats


ERA G/GS IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP
11 A+ 2.37 14/14 76 67 24 20 5 24 92 2 1
11 AA Total 4.52 12/12 59.67 58 32 30 4 23 64 3 5

 

 

Advanced Stats


BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB HR/9 H/9 R/9 BB% SO% HR% TBF
11 A+ 2.8 10.9 3.8 0.6 7.9 2.84 7.8 29.9 1.62 308
11 AA 3.5 9.7 2.8 0.6 8.7 4.83 8.9 24.7 1.54 259