Matt Harvey: The New York Mets 2010 Top Pick

Matt Harvey, the 7th overall pick in the '10 draft

With the seventh overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, the New York Mets selected University of North Carolina right-hander Matt Harvey. Harvey, the highest drafted player by the Mets since 2004, is another power arm the Mets can add to the deepening pool of power arms in the organization. Here is an early look Harvey while InsidePitchMagazine.com aims for a draft day Q&A with Harvey.

University of North Carolina pitcher Matt Harvey is no stranger to the MLB Draft. The 21-year-old right-hander was a third round draft pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2007 Draft, but instead of signing, he opted to become a Tar Heel.

The decision to go to school not only turned out to a better move for his draft stock, but for his game as well. In 2010, Harvey's fastball ranged in the low to mid-90s with a good power slider that sits in the mid-80s. Scouts reported his low-80s changeup is his top secondary pitch. He throws a mid-80s slider which is his third best of his other pitches. Command and consistency will be the two biggest areas of focus for Harvey in the short term.

Harvey's stock rose during his junior season in 2010. In 96 innings this year, Harvey went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA with 102 strikeouts. It was a rebound season for Harvey who went 7-2 in his sophomore year of 2009, but posted a 5.40 ERA in 75 innings with an 81/42 K/BB ratio and a .293 opponents batting average.

The Mystic, Conn. Native is the second hard-throwing right-hander drafted out of a North Carolina university in the last three drafts including this the 2010 draft. Harvey enters the system on the heels of Brad Holt (Supplemental first round, 2008) who entered the organization as a power arm out of UNC-Wilmington.

Harvey stands 6-foot-4 and roughly 225 pounds. His success is predicated on his extension which helps him generate the power and late life on his fastball. Long arms, a strong lower half and explosive hips help him sustain his velocity late into the game.

Harvey offers another power arm that could be a fast riser in the organizational ranks. Stay tuned for more coverage on Matt Harvey and Draft Day Q&As with many more of the New York Mets draft picks as the 2010 MLB Draft continues on Tuesday and Wednesday.




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