Matt Harvey, of the New York Mets, pitched a gem of a game against the San Diego Padres on a cold windy night in the Big Apple. In seven innings, he recorded 10 strikeouts and held the Padres to a single hit by Everth Cabrera. Of the 94 pitches he threw, 63 were strikes. Harvey walked on two batters.
Harvey was initially drafted out of high school in 2007 by the Los Angeles Dodgers but he chose to attend college. So after playing baseball for the North Carolina Tarheels, he was drafted as the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2010 draft by the Mets.
Last year, in a partial season with the Mets, Harvey started 10 games. He began his major league career by striking out 11 batters in his first start. He also hit a double in his first major league plate appearance and followed up with another hit later in the game. In the total 59 innings he pitched in the year, he struck out 70, giving him a 10.7 K/9. He also had a tidy ERA of 2.73. Harvey kept the strike outs coming in spring training, ringing up 33 in 27 1/3 innings.
Harvey, Jonathan Niese, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler comprise the set of young pitchers that give Mets the chance to be optimistic for the team’s future over the next few years.
Fantasy managers, who drafted Harvey this spring or kept him as a keeper from last year, will be pleased to have Harvey on their roster this season.
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