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BJ
01-24-2012, 10:13
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By Mark Hulet

[QUOTE][2. Matt Harvey, RHP
BORN: March 27, 1989
EXPERIENCE: 1 season
ACQUIRED: 2010 1st round (7th overall), U of North Carolina
2010-11 TOP 10 RANKING: 3rd

SCOUTING REPORT: Harvey (http://http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa390378&position=P) like Wheeler, features a good, hard fastball that sits in the 92-96 mph range. He also features a very good slider and seldom-used changeup. Harvey has a big, strong pitcher’s frame but struggles with his command at times when he fights his delivery. He’s been on the prospect landscape for a long time and was a potential top pick in the ’07 draft before bonus demands slid him to the third round. The Angels organization came close to signing him but he ultimately chose to attend UNC.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Harvey made his official pro debut in 2011, beginning the year in high-A ball where he posted a 2.66 FIP (2.37 ERA) in 76 innings. The Connecticut native missed a lot of bats (10.89 K/9) and generally over-powered the young hitters. Moved up to double-A, he struggled with his control as his walk rate rose from 2.84 to 3.47 BB/9. His FIP, though, still remained solid at 3.23 (4.53 ERA).

YEAR AHEAD: The right-hander may return briefly to double-A with a few things to work on, although he did get better as the season wound down. The development of Harvey’s changeup will be huge in 2012 as he hasn’t thrown it much at all. If all goes well, and he shows significant improvement with his third offering, Harvey could surface in Queens at some point during the season half of the baseball season.

CAREER OUTLOOK: Harvey (http://http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/top-15-prospects-new-york-mets/) entered pro ball with serious question marks about his ability to work out of a big league starting rotation. There are fewer voices expressing concern that he’ll top out as a high leverage reliever but he’ll need that third pitch to help erase that concern. If everything breaks right for Harvey, he could develop into a durable No. 2 starter./QUOTE]