As expected if he was available at the 7th Pick of the 2010 MLB First Year Player Draft the New York Mets chose right handed pitcher Matt Harvey. The ace of the North Carolina Tar Heels. A 6’4 pitcher with a big arm has a big league repertoire that includes a fastball, breaking ball and changeup. His fastball reaches 94- 97 Miles an hour but he does have some control issues that will have to be worked out in the minors once he placed in an appropriate minor league affiliate.
Given Mike Pelfrey’s success this year one has to wonder if that was a big influence in the Mets decision to stick with selecting a big hard throwing college pitcher as their top pick in this year’s draft. Although his control is not as refined as Pelf’s coming out of the draft Harvey has a lot of upside and should move along in the Mets system rather quickly. He projects as a number 2 but has the potential of being a number 1 if he can control his breaking ball consistently.
The Mets have been focusing their draft picks the last couple of years on college hitters looking to select position players (Reese Havens and Ike Davis) that could make a difference on the team sooner rather than later. The choice of college players allows the Mets the ability to bring in slightly more developed players than high school players who require a little more time to develop in their minor league system. It took both Pelfrey and Davis less than two years after being selected in the draft to become significant players on the Mets team. The choice of Harvey is in line with this thought process. The team has been playing to Citifield’s pitching advantage and it is likely that Omar Minaya, the Mets GM is now trying to tailor the minor league system to developing players who can best play at the Mets one year old ballpark. Harvey’s hard fastball and sharp breaking ball has the potential to fit quite nicely at friendly confines of Citifield.