Mets Select Starting Pitcher Matt Harvey In First Round

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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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