Some good news from Port St. Lucie where 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey made his professional debut on Thursday evening.
After a shaky start most likely from jitters, Harvey went on to pitch a solid game as the St. Lucie Mets defeated the Palm Beach Cardinals 1-0.
Harvey struck out nine and scattered five hits over five shutout innings.
“It was definitely good to get out there and throw,” Harvey said. “I was happy to be wearing a Mets uniform and I was pleased to help my team get a win.”
The 22-year-old right-hander walked two batters and gave up a hit in the opening frame, but he picked leadoff hitter D’Marcus Ingram off second base and escaped the inning unscathed.
The University of North Carolina product ran into more trouble in the second, surrendering consecutive one-out singles to load the bases. But he struck out the next two batters to preserve a 1-0 lead.
Once Harvey found his rhythm, he was comfortable on the mound. He struck out the side in the third and allowed one baserunner over his final three innings of work.
“I had some good adrenaline going,” Harvey said, “but I was reaching to the plate too much and I didn’t have any life on my fastball. After the first two innings I was able to get the ball down and get my fielders involved.”
By the way, Matt Den Dekker, who we saw a lot of in spring training, had two hits and scored the only run of the game.