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1.7 New York Mets - Matt Harvey, RHP, North Carolina

The Mets have selected Matt Harvey. Here's his profile:

 

Matt Harvey   Position: RHP   School: North Carolina   State: NC   Year: Jr.   Height: 6’4’’   Weight: 225

Birth Date: 3/27/89   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Last Drafted: 2007 (LAA-3)

 

Year

W

L

ERA

G

GS

SV

IP

H

R

ER

HR

BB

SO

2008

7

2

2.79

19

16

0

67.2

52

31

21

1

47

80

2009

7

2

5.40

21

13

1

75.0

88

52

45

8

42

81

2010

7

3

3.10

13

13

0

90.0

76

40

31

6

32

93


Matt Harvey is a top-level right-handed starting pitcher from the University of North Carolina. Harvey attended high school at Fitch High School in Groton, Connecticut, near the Rhode Island border. He was teammates with fellow 2010 draft prospect Jesse Hahn, though Harvey has been on the national stage far longer. He was known as one of the top arms for the 2007 draft for quite awhile before the draft even rolled around, and it was surprising when he fell all the way to the third round, where the Angels made a run at signing him, only to fail at doing so. He headed to North Carolina thanks to adviser Scott Boras, and after a rocky couple of years to start there, he’s really started fulfilling his potential this spring. Scouts still point to his awful mechanics last year, but he’s improved so much that it seems to be a dead issue, and he projects as a number two starter if things come together exactly right. His fastball is an easy plus pitch, getting some plus-plus grades, as he sits 92-95 most nights and can pump it up to 97, and he holds velocity deep into games, even when asked to throw absurd numbers of pitches. His breaking ball is a potential plus slider, which is distinctly different from the curveball he threw as a prep, which has gone by the wayside. His changeup is only a fringe-average pitch, but he gets by with his two plus pitches with ease. Even with Scott Boras still as his adviser, he’s expected to go in the top twenty picks, and he should command something around $2 million.