Mets Select Starting Pitcher Matt Harvey In First Round

An article by posted on June 7, 2010

The Mets selected RH pitcher Matt Harvey from UNC with the seventh overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft.

Tale Of The Tape

North Carolina, Junior
Birthdate: 3/27/89
Height: 6-4
Weight: 225 lbs.
Bats: R
Throws: R

MLB – Scouting Report

Fastball: Harvey was throwing his fastball up to 96-97 mph and sustaining the velocity deep into his start.

Fastball movement: There’s some decent life to it.

Slider: It’s a relatively new pitch for him, so it’s not always sharp, though he showed some glimpses of a decent slider.

Curve: In high school, he featured a pure, overhand power curve. He’s gone more to the slider, though he’ll still throw the curve on occasion.

Changeup: He doesn’t use it much, but he’s got a feel for it, and it could be an average offering.

Control: Command has often been an issue for Harvey. While it’s been better, it’s still not pinpoint control.

Poise: He’s improved his mound presence and worked on maintaining the same approach regardless of what happens around him.

Physical Description: Harvey has filled out his 6-foot-4 frame quite a bit in college and is a big and durable-looking right-hander.

Medical Update: Healthy.

Strengths: He showed a plus fastball and shows flashes of the above-average breaking stuff he once had. He’s also got a feel for a changeup.

Weaknesses: There are still some delivery issues, though what got him out of whack as a sophomore has largely been corrected. Command is still a problem at times.

Summary: Once a top high school prospect, Harvey has reclaimed his status as a first-round candidate with a resurgent junior season. The delivery problems that had him so off his game as a sophomore have largely been corrected, though there are still some issues there that can effect his command and ability to throw his breaking ball. Still, Harvey was showing an above-average to plus fastball and maintaining his velocity, to go along with glimpses of good breaking stuff and a feel for a change. He’s come a long way this season, and he likely won’t have to wait too long to be redrafted.

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