Matt Harvey, highly regarded by many as the best prospect in the Mets system, was cut by Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson and was sent to minor league camp. According to MetsBlog, he wasn’t happy about it either:
“I’m not happy about it, but I can’t make the decision, so I’m going to go out there wherever I’m throwing and do the best I can and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at.”
Harvey, who is about to turn 23, has impressed everybody in Mets camp this spring. He has proven to people that he is a major league-ready pitcher. He showed the refinement that prospects like Zack Wheeler and Jeurys Familia don’t have yet. However, he doesn’t have the experience to earn an Opening Day roster spot.
Harvey has no reason to be upset because he has a long big league career ahead of him, a career that should start this season. Harvey is ready . The seventh overall pick in the 2010 draft has a promising fastball with a deadly curve and a changeup that could make him an ace.
He should definitely be given a chance to prove himself this season as opposed to next year. If Harvey is given a chance and impresses once again, the Mets could sign him at the end of the year to a deal similar to Matt Moore‘s. The Mets will try this, and why not? The odds of the Mets making a huge comeback in the second half of the season are slim, especially with possible durability issues on their roster. Plus, if the Mets are out of contention in the second half, the team can bring Harvey into a non-stressful environment in which he can gradually get used to being a big league pitcher and making adjustments to hitters.
I’d say call him up in July. Many say he doesn’t have the experience, but he pitched three years in the ACC, and he already pitched 135.2 innings last year. He was tested in the econd half from the season, making arguably the toughest jump in the minors, moving from Single-A to Double-A, and pitched well. He had some rough spots, but pitched well overall. I see Harvey as a tough pitcher who has a great mindset on and off the field, and certainly has the talent to succeed on the big league level.
Let me know what you think. What kind of role should Matt Harvey have this season?