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Harvey most recently dominated the Marlins for 4.1 innings, and he will pitch like an ace all season long.
Harvey was electric in his brief call-up last season, and he has been even better so far in spring training.
Harvey, who will soon turn 24, has always been a highly regarded prospect in the Mets’ farm system. He certainly did not disappoint when he made his long-awaited debut.
With minimal run support, Harvey went 3-5 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 42 hits allowed and 70 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched. Moreover, Harvey had a 1.88 ERA at Citi Field, as well as an amazing .200 BAA. After a first-pitch strike, that BAA dropped to .153.
Of the nine spots in a lineup, only the third and fifth batters have a BAA higher than .238 against Harvey.
But Harvey’s weaknesses are that he sometimes lacks command, and that when batters do hit his pitches they hit them hard. 18 of his 42 hits allowed were extra-base hits, and in those 59.1 innings Harvey let up 26 walks.
But Harvey has shown excellent command and control this spring training.
Thus far, Harvey has a 2.00 ERA in nine innings. It is worth noting that both runs came off of solo home runs. But Harvey has limited the damage with ease, as he has allowed only five hits while recording a 12/2 K/BB ratio. Opposing batters are hitting .152.
Harvey could have a superb 2013 season at this rate, considering he never started games strong last season. In 2012, opposing batters hit .309 in his first 15 pitches of a game, while afterward they hit a mere .161.
Calling Harvey a stud this spring training is an understatement, as he has quickly established himself as one of the top starters on this team.