Draft Day Open Thread

Matt Harvey (photo via Prospect Nation)

The Mets selected RHP Matt Harvey out of North Carolina with the #7 pick in tonight’s MLB Amateur Draft.

Matt Cerrone at MetsBlog is reporting that Mets officials had the following praise for Harvey in a conference call to discuss the pick:

  • He’s big, strong and durable, similar to Mike Pelfrey.
  • He has a power arm, capable of throwing his fastball between 91 and 98 mph.
  • His curve ball sits in 80s, his change-up in the low 80s, and and his slider in the mid-80s.
  • He pitches off his fastball, but all of his pitches are usable.
  • He has good command and control for his age.
  • He was already very good in high school, but benefited from college coaching.
  • He’s going to be a strike thrower, using both sides of the plate.

Matt also points out that Harvey is represented by Scott Boras…

Feel free to discuss and if you find anything interesting on the team’s upcoming picks, post it in the comments. I’ll be back and forth throughout the night and I’m sure Joe is working on some Janish-y analysis of Matt Harvey.


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  1. John Fitzgerald June 8, 2010 at 1:37 am
    Rotoworld's take on Harvey:

    Harvey probably would have been a first-round pick in 2007 if not for some big-time bonus demands. He rejected an offer from the Angels and went to North Carolina, where he struggled for two years before pushing his stock back up this season. Harvey can throw in the mid-90s, but his curveball comes and goes. The Mets figure to keep him in the rotation, but he’s more likely to make it in the majors as a short reliever than as a starter.

  2. John Fitzgerald June 8, 2010 at 1:40 am
    USA Today's take on Harvey:

    Harvey nearly signed with the Angels out of high school, but instead went to North Carolina and won 22 career games. This season, he went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA and struck out 102 in 96 innings, though he's occasionally haunted by command issues. Has the stuff to be a top-rotation guy.

  3. John Fitzgerald June 8, 2010 at 1:42 am
    Video of Harvey pitching for UNC: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr1rw7qY0uc
  4. mets June 8, 2010 at 6:31 am
    I saw some video of him on the MLB draft tracker. He was throwing up to 95.
  5. MikeTomaselli June 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    A slowed down video of his delivery I posted yesterday to another post.