With the twenty-second pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, the Baltimore Orioles added a talented high school prospect, Hunter Harvey, to the organization’s pile of young pitchers drafted in the first round.
The son of former All-Star closer Brian Harvey, the 6’2’’, 168-pound right-hander from North Carolina has all of the tools that MLB clubs look for in starting pitchers. With a low- to mid-90s fastball and capable off-speed pitches that keep batters honest, Harvey has the projectability to become a starter for the Orioles someday.
Before he cracks the Baltimore rotation, Harvey will have to work on his control and consistency, especially with his fastball. Rumor had it that his heater was reaching 97mph during spring, but the better bet is that it tops out more 94-95 range. The righty also possesses a solid curveball, but will need to add a third pitch to his repertoire. Overall, Harvey’s pitching mechanics need some work as he attempts to skip college ball and head for the big leagues.
It’ll be important for Harvey to add some muscle to his lanky frame over the next couple of years as well, but spending some time in the minors should help in the weight department.
Signability shouldn’t be an issue for Harvey and the Orioles considering that he has yet to commit to a college program. According to pre-draft reports, his aim was to go straight to the pros as long as his draft stock was high enough.
Harvey has plenty of learning to do before he’s ready to take the mound in the majors. If he can harness the bloodlines and potential that he displayed during high school, it won’t be long before the No. 22 overall pick works his way towards the top of the Orioles’ rotation.