RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
||Born: January 5, 1984
Drafted: 2nd Round, 64th Overall, 2005 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Minor League Free Agent
College: Clemson University
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Harvey was a prospect as both a hitter and pitcher. On the mound, he showed a fastball that reached 96-97 and a power slider, but he didn’t get the results in college that his stuff suggested he would as his command wasn’t good. As a hitter his primary attribute was power. Most teams probably regarded him as a better prospect as a pitcher, but the Marlins took him as a hitter. He initially split his time between third and right, but moved to the outfield after a year. He showed solid power but struggled with the strike zone, and his hitting fell off every year. During the 2008 season, the Marlins moved him to the mound. He’s done well at the high A level, but has yet to have any success in a couple tries at AA. He throws more in the low 90s now. The Pirates signed him to a minor league deal at the beginning of spring training.
Harvey debuted in short season ball, splitting his time between third and right. He hit well, showing good power, but the walk and K numbers were bad.
In full season ball, Harvey moved to right full time. He continued to hit for solid power, but he fell off everywhere else as he continued to struggle with the strike zone.
In high A, Harvey had about the same season as the year before, with less power.
Harvey opened the season playing the outfield in AA and was overmatched at the plate. The Marlins converted him to the mound and he got into eight games in the low minors, struggling to throw strikes.
Pitching mostly in relief, Harvey made some progress with his command in high A. It was evidently enough to persuade the Marlins to add him to the 40-man roster.
After missing the first couple months with a knee injury, Harvey went to high A and pitched well in relief, then moved up to AA, where he didn’t pitch as well. His main problem in AA was poor control. The Marlins designated him for assignment in late July.
Harvey split the season between high A and AA. He pitched well at the lower level, with a decent walk rate and a good K rate. In AA he was much less successful, struggling with both walks and HRs (1.7 per nine innings). He became a free agent after the season.
Harvey spent the season in the Altoona bullpen. He had a solid but not outstanding season. His control was shaky and he had trouble with left-handed hitters, who batted .267 against him with all four of the HRs he allowed. He had a 1.47 ERA in the second half, but had the same number of walks as strikeouts.
Harvey will become a free agent again in the fall and likely will move on.
|2012: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: $575,000
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2012
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: November 23, 2009
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 4, 2002: Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round, 155th overall.
June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round, 64rd overall; signed on June 18.
November 23, 2009: Contract purchased by the Florida Marlins.
July 27, 2010: Designated for assignment by the Florida Marlins.
November 4, 2011: Became a free agent.
February 23, 2012: Signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates as a minor league free agent.