The Mets selected North Carolina right-hander Matt Harvey with the seventh pick in the tonight’s draft.
Harvey, a junior, is 6-4 and 225 pounds. He’s a power pitcher with a plus fastball, clocked at 96 mph., and a change-up clocked at a difference of over 10 mph.
The scouting report on him is he’s not afraid to challenge hitters inside and has an above average change-up.
Harvey went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA for the Tar Heels with 102 strikeouts in 96 innings.
His agent is Scott Boras.
SCOUTING REPORT (MLB.com)
Fastball: Harvey was throwing his fastball up to 96-97 mph and sustaining the velocity deep into his start.
Fastball movement: There’s some decent life to it.
Slider: It’s a relatively new pitch for him, so it’s not always sharp, though he showed some glimpses of a decent slider.
Curve: In high school, he featured a pure, overhand power curve. He’s gone more to the slider, though he’ll still throw the curve on occasion.
Changeup: He doesn’t use it much, but he’s got a feel for it, and it could be an average offering.
Control: Command has often been an issue for Harvey. While it’s been better, it’s still not pinpoint control.
Poise: He’s improved his mound presence and worked on maintaining the same approach regardless of what happens around him.
Physical Description: Harvey has filled out his 6-foot-4 frame quite a bit in college and is a big and durable-looking right-hander.
Medical Update: Healthy.
Strengths: He showed a plus fastball and shows flashes of the above-average breaking stuff he once had. He’s also got a feel for a changeup.
Weaknesses: There are still some delivery issues, though what got him out of whack as a sophomore has largely been corrected. Command is still a problem at times.
Summary: Once a top high school prospect, Harvey has reclaimed his status as a first-round candidate with a resurgent junior season. The delivery problems that had him so off his game as a sophomore have largely been corrected, though there are still some issues there that can effect his command and ability to throw his breaking ball. Still, Harvey was showing an above-average to plus fastball and maintaining his velocity, to go along with glimpses of good breaking stuff and a feel for a change. He’s come a long way this season, and he likely won’t have to wait too long to be redrafted.