Assessing Matt Harvey Season

Posted: September 20, 2012 in Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Matt Harvey came into the season for the Mets with high expectations and certainly didn’t disappoint when he got to the big leagues. Some guys seemed to elevate their game when they get to the highest level and that is exactly what Harvey did on July 26th, 2012 in Arizona. Harvey struck out 11 in 5 1/3 innings for his first big league win and every caught every Mets fans eye. Harvey was drafted by former Mets General Manager Omar Minaya with the 7th pick in the 2010 draft. Tonight was Harvey’s last start of the season but I expect Met fans will see plenty more of him over the next few years.

Harvey made 10 starts this year and most were very impressive. Tonight Matt Harvey gave up just one hit and one run in 7 innings against the Phillies in his final start of the season. The Mets still lost the game because of poor hitting and a bullpen that has struggled for most of the year, but this post is about Harvey. Harvey final pitch of the season was 98 mph and he was well over 110 pitches. Harvey has the makings of a horse at the top of the rotation. Terry Collins has already acknowledged that Harvey will be in the Mets rotation next season barring something unforeseen. Coming into the season Harvey was the considered the 2nd best prospect in the Mets system behind Zack Wheeler.

Harvey pitched 169 1/3 innings this season between the minors and majors so that would put him in position to pitch 195-200 innings next year so expect Harvey to be a major piece of the Mets rotation in 2013. Harvey pitched 59 1/3 innings this season with a 2.73 and 70 strikeouts. If he were able to pitch close to those numbers over a full season than the Mets have found their next homegrown ace.

ESPN Scout and former assistant General Manager in Toronto Keith Law has always liked Harvey as a number 2 starter but after seeing his 10 starts in the big leagues believe he has the potential to be a legitimate ace. Harvey was always a top prospect but scouts were concerned if his delivery would allow him to remain a starter. That is no longer a concern for the former Tar Heel, Harvey or the Mets. A rotation of Harvey, Cy Young candidate R.A. Dickey,Jon Niese, Johan Santana and eventually Zack Wheeler will give the Mets a major strength to build around for the upcoming future.

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