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Top 50 Prospects: #45 – Matt Harvey

#45 Matt Harvey

New York Mets

DOB: 3/27/1989

Previous Rank: N/A

ETA: 2013

Harvey was the top collegiate arm in the 2010 class, but his career at North Carolina was not a smooth ride like most figured it would be considering that his fastball can reach 98 mph and he carries mid-90s velocity deep into nearly every start.  His mechanics and deception, as well as fastball life, have greatly improved in the last two years.  He throws two breaking ball variations, one of which is more of a slider while the other is more of a hard downer curve.

Scouts are fairly split on which one has the better prognosis, but at the Sombrero we think that each has its place when considering what side of the plate his opponent is hitting from.  His changeup is behind and he doesn’t throw it often or consistently enough yet, but it has some arm side action to it as well.  It profiles as a 50 while both breaking ball variations can be 60s or 70s given the day.

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff W L ERA G GS IP HR BB SO
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYM 13 5 3.32 26 26 135.2 9 47 156
2011 22 St. Lucie FLOR A+ NYM 8 2 2.37 14 14 76.0 5 24 92
2011 22 Binghamton EL AA NYM 5 3 4.53 12 12 59.2 4 23 64
1 Season 13 5 3.32 26 26 135.2 9 47 156
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2011.

 

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff ERA IP WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2011 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA NYM 3.32 135.2 1.268 8.3 0.6 3.1 10.3 3.32
2011 22 St. Lucie FLOR A+ NYM 2.37 76.0 1.197 7.9 0.6 2.8 10.9 3.83
2011 22 Binghamton EL AA NYM 4.53 59.2 1.358 8.7 0.6 3.5 9.7 2.78
1 Season 3.32 135.2 1.268 8.3 0.6 3.1 10.3 3.32
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2011.

 

Harvey has a terrific frame at 6-foot-4 and 210-pounds, and his numbers suggest that he could reach the Big Leagues as early as 2013.  Across two levels, including 12 Double-A starts, Harvey struck out 156 guys next to 47 walks in 135.2 innings.  He kept the ball in the yard quite well too and finished the year with a 3.32 ERA.  The future looks bright for Harvey, and maybe, just maybe, the Mets might not blow it with him.


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