Hunter Harvey

Position: RHRP
Level: Rk
Affiliate: GCL Orioles
League: International League
Age: 21
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 175
B/T: Right / Right
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#22 overall) 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BAL)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 60 FB, 70 CB, 60 CH, 55 Command

Strengths: Plus athleticism; SP size and projectable frame; three-way life on FB; 90-to-95 mph with downhill plane; at 90-to-91 can cut it; cut action is late, tight spinning and true horizontal movement; can sink it; natural FB has arm-side run; CB is a true hammer; has bat-missing ability; 12-to-6 shape with quality depth; tight spin and late break; can vary in shape and depth; will throw it in any count for a strike and chase pitch; shows feel for CH; late, fading action; has FB disguise and will be effective vs. LHH; repeatable delivery and athleticism help command be projectable.

Weaknesses: Has missed developmental time with injuries; concerns about arm action; large gap between present below-average command and future projection; strength needed to handle starter’s workload; CH future projection is far away from present utility; can become firm and lose in shape; FB command often loose with strike zone.

Role Ceiling: 60; #2/3 SP.

Risk: High; injury history on resume; command future projection is far away.

Summary: As an amateur, Harvey looked to be one of the top pitching prospects from the 2013 MLB Draft. Features a low-90s fastball that shows natural arm-side run, the ability to sink it, and an ability to cut it in the lower velocity. Harvey’s best secondary is his hammer curveball, and it projects to be one of the better ones in all of the big leagues when he fully matures. With an athletic build and consistent delivery, he has the athleticism to overcome his present command issues and slot into the mid-to top-end of a rotation for a long time. The biggest concern with Harvey are the freak, but often, injuries he’s run into. If he proves he can stay healthy and handle the longevity of a major league season, those injury concerns will be quickly be thing of the past.