New York Mets top prospect Zack Wheeler was everybody’s favorite young arm at camp this spring, but Matt Harvey is the phenom who is here now—and here to stay.
At just 24 years old, Harvey is demonstrating supreme poise, command and talent on the bump as the No. 2 starter for the Mets. He has only made 12 starts in his young career—and just two this season—but his electrifying presence has Mets fans putting Wheeler on the backburner until summer (no offense, Zack).
His seven innings of one-hit, shutout ball in his season debut saw him strike out 10 San Diego Padres, and served to put the rest of Major League Baseball on notice. The 6’4” 225-pounds Harvey still has 30-something starts left if he remains healthy, and that is as promising for the Mets as it is frightening for the rest of the league.
After outdueling Philadelphia Phillies star Roy Halladay on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park, Harvey is on a roll to start the 2013 campaign. Pay attention for the next six months, because Harvey will have baseball fans wide-eyed until the fall.