All About Matt Harvey

The Mets promoted heralded prospect Matt Harvey to Binghamton a few days ago, though his first AA start was inauspicious. Still, he has a bright future ahead of him, and depending on how he transitions to AA, that future could be coming sooner rather than later.

That said, read this quick profile of Harvey — written by Josh Burton — so you can familiarize yourself with Matt Harvey.

The 7th pick in the 2010 MLB draft out of the University of North Carolina, Matt Harvey was an afterthought of sorts in a draft that included highly-touted catching prospect Bryce Harper going 1st overall to the Washington Nationals. While Harper was busy hitting 500-foot home runs in junior college, Harvey was mowing down ACC batters and has continued to do the same in the professional ranks of baseball.


Harvey started his professional career this season in 2011 and he has started it out with a bang. Harvey has dominated the opposing batters in the Florida State League which is a part of Class Single A-Advanced. Matt has the second-best era in the FSL only behind fellow SL-Met pitcher Darin Gorski. Harvey has a not too shabby era of 2.44. He is also tied for the most wins in the league with 8. Harvey’s record of 8-2 on the year is one of the many reasons why the St. Lucie Mets are winning the FSL South division and are in prime position to be the 1st-half winner of that division.

Harvey has been able to be so successful this season due to his ability to overpower hitters and strike them out. Matt is tied for first in the FSL in strikeouts with 88. That’s a ton of strikeouts especially considering that he has only pitched 70 innings this season. Having 18 more strikeouts than innings pitched shows that Harvey has had multiple strikeouts in many innings this season. It also shows that he has compiled a strikeout in most innings this year which shows his consistent dominance over opposing batters.

In addition to his exploits in striking out opposing batters, Matt also has shown great control and command in his first professional baseball season. Harvey has only walked 22 batters in his 70 innings pitched. When compared to his strikeout numbers, he has an exact 4-1 strikeout-walk ratio. When even a 2-1 strikeout-walk ratio is considered to be good, a 4-1 ratio is just amazing. Harvey has the perfect mix of size (6ft 4in 210lbs), control (22 walks in 70 IP), and speed (high 90s fastball) needed to be a productive pitcher in pro baseball and hopefully, in the big leagues as well.

Pitch Repertoire

Harvey throws a 4-seam fastball, slider, sinker, and curveball regularly. He throws his fastball normally around 96 mph which just blows away hitters in the FSL but it has yet to be seen if that dominance will continue to work in the higher levels of the minors or even in the big leagues. The fastball is his main go-to pitch but his off-speed pitches can also work to get some batters out.

Harvey is not considered a sinker-ball pitcher, but his sinker consistently gets batters to ground out which helps to keep his WHIP low — around 1.20. His slider and curve mainly work as complementary pitches to his blistering fastball and help to keep batters guessing as to which pitches they are going to get. This gives that fastball even more life when the batter is faced with the job of hitting it.

Final Conclusion

Sandy Alderson has already stated that his administration will try not to rush prospects through the minor league system into the majors after seeing the failed cases of Scott Kazmir and Fernando Martinez, for example. Regardless, since Harvey was a high 1st-round pick, we shouldn’t be surprised to see him in a Mets uniform and in the starting rotation by July of 2012. This kid is a real keeper and he is going to be a successful MLB pitcher hopefully with the Mets. He has top-of-the-rotation stuff and will be up there in the Mets rotation with Johan Santana when the Met ace returns from injury.


Josh Burton is a student at Lynbrook High School on Long Island in New York. He enjoys writing about his favorite sports teams like the Mets, New Jersey Nets, and others. Josh has been a Mets fan since birth and has stuck with the team through the highs of the Bobby Valentine and Willie Randolph managerialships and the lows of the Art Howe and Jerry Manuel managerialships; of course the jury is still out on Terry Collins. His one dream with the New York Mets is to personally witness a World Series Championship in his lifetime. Ya Gotta Believe!
  1. Mike June 27, 2011 at 11:30 am
    Harvey might be good enough to boost the Mets farm system overall ranking a few notches. Having a legit front-end starter at AA is something most teams do not have. He still has a ways to go though. 2012 is optimistic but so far Harvey has not given any reason to think we should be cautious. Right now, his main goals should be staying healthy, improving his secondary offerings and keeping his walks down. As the hitters get more patient the walk totals increase. In AA he will face the challenge of hitters waiting more than they ever have for him to come into the strike zone. How he faces that challenge will help determine his ceiling. Some guys get by on stuff at this level, those are the truly talented, but if Harvey can do both –dominate and adjust to more patience– then he might just be a future Ace.

    He said in an interview that his best breaking pitch is his slider. Hopefully he does not have to choose between the two. Personally I’d like to read in at the end of the season how he really refined his curveball and has as much confidence in his curve as he does his slider. Would mean great things.

  2. Eric Hillman June 27, 2011 at 11:39 am
    I’m wondering when the Harvey slob-fest will start to break apart. Plenty of people all over his knob to start his professional career, and I’m not even convinced that he’s all that good.

    Got rocked in his 1st start at Binghamton, so we’ll see how it goes as he faces better hitters along the way. Too many fans over-excited about this guy.

  3. ArizonaMetFan June 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm
    Stay classy Eric Hillman!
  4. Eric Hillman June 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm
    Anytime, AZ.
    • CatchDog June 28, 2011 at 9:24 am
      In his first start at Bingy, Matt Harvey’s line was 4.2 IP, 9 hits, 4 Runs, 2 walks, 4 K’s. 5 of those hits were first pitch fastballs, which sat at 94-96. Adjustment time.

      It’ll be interesting to see Harvey, Familia & soon; Gorski pitching for Wally. After a dismal first half, Bingy won 4 straight immediately after the promotions from Lucie.

      As previously mentioned, I can’t recall a time when the Mets had so many quality arms in the system. Between, the above mentioned and Mejia, Peavey, Goeddel, Urbina, Morris or Matz, there’s a sweet pipeline of pitching talent heading to Queens.

  5. Big John June 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm
    Scott Kazmir is NOT a good example of a player that was promoted too early and therefore his development was stunted.