5 Early Signs Matt Harvey Can Already Be New York Mets' Ace in 2013

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5 Early Signs Matt Harvey Can Already Be New York Mets' Ace in 2013
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Matt Harvey's 2013 debut, combined with his late-season performance in 2012, has elevated his stock tremendously.

When the New York Mets made Matt Harvey the seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft, it seemed like a stretch just because his scouting report was that of a solid mid-rotation starting pitcher rather than someone worthy of a top-10 pick. 

However, following nearly two full seasons in the minors and 59.1 innings in New York at the end of 2012, Harvey appears to be on the brink of becoming a true No. 1-starter instead of just someone a team is forced to throw out on Opening Day because it doesn't have anyone better.

The change has come thanks to an improved fastball that now sits at 92-95 mph and a hard, knockout slider. Harvey's scouting report has changed dramatically over the last year, giving hope to a Mets team that desperately needs something to be excited about right now. 

Following an impressive start to the 2013 season that saw Harvey give up just one hit and strike out 10 San Diego hitters in seven innings, it is time to look at what the 24-year-old right-hander has already done to justify calling him New York's true ace. 

Note: All stats courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com unless otherwise noted.

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