Throughout the 2013 fantasy baseball season, there were a handful of rookie pitchers that emerged as stars. First-year hurlers like Shelby Miller, Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, and Michael Wacha all had breakout fantasy seasons in 2013.
Among the plethora of rookie standouts, the hurler that had the biggest breakout performance was New York Mets SP Matt Harvey.
Harvey put up outstanding fantasy numbers right out of the gate and the 24-year-old ended up starting the All-Star game for the National League at Citi Field. Harvey ended up throwing 178.1 innings in 2013 and the prodigy unbelievably struck out 191 batters. He finished with a 2.27 ERA to go along with an unheard-of 0.93 WHIP. He quickly proved that he could be an ace for the Mets and was the number one pitcher in fantasy for the majority of the season.
Unfortunately, Harvey was shutdown in August and the young phenom was forced to have Tommy John surgery after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The procedure normally takes at least a full year to fully recover and the rebuilding Met aren’t in a hurry to rush their new franchise pitcher back on the mound.
This does mean that Harvey will not be pitching at all this season, and as a result, his fantasy value has become non-existent this season. The fireballer is without a doubt worth locking up cheaply this year in any type of dynasty league, but in re-draft formats it would be better to avoid New York’s Dark Knight at all costs in 2014.