Andy Martino of the Daily News, had some candid comments from Mets GM Sandy Alderson regarding the readiness on Mets pitching prospect Matt Harvey. Regarding his readiness, Alderson echoed what we’ve been preaching here on MMO since Spring Training:
“Aside from Matt himself — and I love that he thinks this way — there is no one in the organization who feels he is ready to be in the major leagues.”
In the last 3-4 days alone I must have fielded a dozen questions or responded to comments on MMO telling our readers that Matt Harvey is nowhere near ready in terms of commanding all of his his pitches and basically learning how to use both sides of the plate to get hitters out. He has great raw stuff, but we are talking about a pitcher who jumped from A to AA to AAA in one calendar year since throwing his first professional pitch for the Mets almost 13 months ago.
Gun to my head if anyone asked me where Harvey would start this season I would have said Binghamton without hesitation. Instead he started the season at Triple-A Buffalo and from what I’ve seen of him, and no I don’t mean reading boxscores, and the first hand accounts from those who have also seen him, he is simply not ready and is still a work in progress which is exactly how Aldreson sees him.
Like I wrote yesterday, put away the notion that Harvey or Jeurys Familia will be here before September 1st when rosters expand. It ain’t happening. Instead look to players like Jeremy Hefner, Garrett Olson and Dylan Owen. Much is being made about the rehabbing Chris Young, but for now he is just an afterthought, and slow news day fodder. You wont see him on this team until he can show some velocity, consistency and an ability to toss at least 80 pitches in one outing, which was pretty much the same standard applied to Johan Santana. When he’s close to doing that, we’ll let you know.
As I wrote on Thursday, I expect DJ Carrasco and Jeremy Hefner to get the call today if they haven’t already, with Garrett Olson as a darkhorse. Fernando Cabrera is another option if they want to give Carrasco some more time in Buffalo.