Drafted: First round (No. 6 overall), 2003
Headed into his senior season at Dunedin High School, Harvey was already regarded as a no-doubt first-rounder with the potential to be a top-10 overall draft pick. And sure enough, the 6’5”, 240-pound outfielder was selected sixth overall by the Cubs despite blowing out his knee earlier in the spring. The 18-year-old signed quickly, too, as he and the Cubs reached an agreement on a $2.4 signing bonus.
Given his size, athleticism and outstanding set of tools, Harvey was worth every penny at the time. However, the right-handed hitter’s bat never developed as expected as his long swing and lack of plate discipline led to both contact and strikeout issues. In 2005, his best minor-league season, Harvey posted an .808 OPS with 24 strikeouts, 100 RBI and 137/24 K/BB in 117 games as a 20-year-old in Low-A.
By the 2009 season, Harvey had been released by the Cubs after six dismal seasons in which he reached only Double-A. He then spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons playing for the Rockies’ Double-A affiliate, but was subsequently released in the offseason. Over eight minor-league seasons, he batted .244/.297/.452 with 117 home runs and 711/158 K/BB in 642 games.
Having pitched in the low-90s as a high school senior, Harvey attempted to revive a career on the mound with the Red Sox in 2011. However, the comeback lasted only several months before he was ultimately released in May.