Prospect Watch: Hunter Harvey

Tyler's BylineThe Orioles had a back-end pick in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft and decided to grab the best pitcher available.

Hunter Harvey, a former high school pitcher out of North Carolina, was drafted in hopes that he would be able to pitch alongside Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in the future; providing a star trio for the Orioles.

640451Harvey hasn’t disappointed so far in his first full season in the minors, striking out 69 batters in 60.1 innings and holding a 3.13 ERA in Single-A Delmarva.

Not to mention, opposing batters have only hit .205 off the young prospect. These stats have elicited a 58th ranking in the Baseball Prospectus Top 100.

It’s not a surprise that Harvey has done so well, as he comes from baseball background. His father, Brian Harvey, was a former All-Star closer for the Angels and Marlins.

He doesn’t blow hitters away with speed, like Bundy and Gausman, but provides good location skills and works the count to his favor. He does throw a fastball in the mid-90’s and adds a changeup and curveball.

Harvey struggled in his last two starts, allowing 11 earned runs in 6.2 innings, but roadblocks are expected from the 19-year-old.

Hunter Harvey’s ceiling could be a No. 3 starter in what the O’s hope will be a strong rotation behind Bundy and Gausman.

It remains to be seen how long it will take him to come up to the Orioles, but the front office will likely give him a lot of time to develop because of his age.

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