Draft Prospect- Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey : RHP

School: University of North Carolina (Jr.)

6’ 4”  225lbs

DOB: 3/27/1989

Harvey has been the biggest enigma in this year’s draft.  He was one of the top high school prospects, but choose to go to UNC and surpass signing with the Anahiem Angels (3rd round 118th overall in 2007).  Harvey has turned around his draft status with a strong showing this season.  After struggling as a sophomore, Harvey came into the season a borderline 1st round pick, but he has quickly risen as a potential top 10 pick.

Harvey has an ideal workhorse type body.  In watching video of Harvey, his motion is free and easy.  He uses his powerful lower half, to drive towards the plate.  For a big man, Harvey does a good job of repeating his delivery.  According to a PNRscouting.com reports, Harvey’s fastball sits at 92-96 while topping out at 97.  His fastball has good life, and is a plus pitch.  Harvey also throws a hard biting slider at 84-86.  Although the slider has the potential of being a plus pitch, Harvey still struggles with his consistency.  Harvey has also flashed a potential above average change-up at 80-81.  The change-up has good tumble and fade.

Harvey’s biggest issues come with his command.  When pitching down in the zone consistently, Harvey is a potential #1 starter.  Like most young pitchers, Harvey still needs to work on his secondary pitches.  Some scouts feel he is destined for the bullpen, while others still believe he can start.  Either way, Harvey has the look and stuff of a #1 type starter or a potential power closer, or he could revert to his sophomore year struggles and just be another big arm that couldn’t throw strikes.

The Mets have been linked to Harvey recently by ESPN’s Keith Law and SI’s Jon Heyman.

Photo courtesy of tarheelblue.cstv.com

Video courtesy of pnrscouting.com

There are 3 comments

  1. acerimusdux

    Not a bad pick.

    My guess is the Mets board at the moment is something like:
    Harper, Taillon, Machado, Cox, Pomeranz, C Sale

    If those 6 names are gone, I don’t think it’s clear who the next best choice is. Karsten Whitson seems like a good pick there, but the Mets don’t appear to be on any of the HS arms after Taillon.

    In this scenario, Harvey could possibly be the best option, though I would lean towards Choice.

  2. NickM

    I don’t dislike Harvey, but he is too boom/bust for me at #7. The lack of consistency in his secondaries plus the sporadic command coming from a college pitcher worry me.

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