The Mets top pick in the 2010 draft, Harvey has now started his professional career off with 11 straight scoreless innings. His two-start line is 11 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 17 K. Of the 13 outs he has recorded without a strikeout, eight have been ground balls and five were in the air.
From a statistical level, is it possible to start a season and a professional career any better?
His early season dominance prompted every Mets fan who was awake to ask me via Twitter last night when the Mets would promote him, either to AA or to the big leagues. The way he's pitching now - it's really easy to get excited isn't it?
I had figured before the season that the earliest he would see AA would be May. I still think that. Given St. Lucie's current schedule, barring rainouts (always a lousy assumption in the FSL) Harvey is scheduled for three more starts in April, with his first start in May scheduled for May 3rd.
Why wait? All pitchers at this time of year are still building arm strength. It's still cold in AA in the northeast - game time temperature Tuesday night in Erie for the B-Mets game was 45 degrees. Harvey can still work to improve his secondary offerings while feeling comfortable rolling through advanced-a lineups. Even a May promotion would still give him plenty of time at AA this year. Also, it's two starts. As great as they have been, it's still two starts. Once he's facing more advanced AA lineups, his own success will determine his timetable.
Jeffrey Paternostro listened obsessively all the way through the Fort Myers radio broadcast, charted the game as best he could and posted his observations to Amazin' Avenue. (It's moments like this that make me say: all hail the internet.)
According to Paternostro:
- Harvey threw 81 pitches: 43 strikes, 26 balls and 12 balls in play
- If you give him credit for every ball in play as a strike, that's a strike percentage of 68%.
- Harvey averaged 11 pitches in the first three innings but "labored" in the subsequent three innings, with "16 pitch innings in the fourth-sixth"
- Per the stadium gun, and radio pxp: "His fastball sat at 94-96, topping out at 97 on a fly out to center in the second"
- He was throwing 92-93 in the sixth inning
- Paternostro picked up 11 off-speed pitches that were identified by the broadcast team
- 5 changeups at 84-86 mph,
- 4 sliders (82-83 mph) and
- 2 curveballs (at 77 mph) both of which were balls
- The gentle negatives again quoting Paternostro:
- "His command began to slip the last two innings."
- "He was basically just using his fastball to overpower a line-up with only one real prospect in it."
I had Harvey ranked as the Mets second-best prospect even before he'd thrown a professional pitch, so I can't say I'm surprised. Instead, I'm very encouraged by the still very early returns.
On the offensive side, RF Cesar Puello was 2-4 with a double, pulled into left field, an infield single, and a hit by pitch. It was the 20-year old Puello's first multi-hit game of the year and his first extra-base hit of the year. 3B Jefry Marte was 2-4, his second-straight multi-hit game. Marte, who won't turn 20 until June is hitting .333 (7-for-21) in the season's first week. C Francisco Pena was 2-4, after catching the first three games of the season, he had Sunday and Monday off.
A: @ Hickory Crawdads 6, Savannah Sand Gnats 1The Gnats dropped their fourth straight game since winning 8-0 on Opening Night. It's been a team-wide effort: the offense has scored just three runs in those four games, while the pitching has given up 26 runs in 28 innings of work. Savannah led 1-0 before starter Gonzalez Germen and reliever Josh Edgin combined to walk five men in a six-run Hickory fourth inning.
Darrell Ceciliani (pictured) left Tuesday's game after grounding out to second base to open the ball game. According to the Hickory broadcast team, "Cecilliani got hurt running through first base," it had something to do with a leg and "didn’t look good."
The Gnats play at 11 AM Wednesday, so he'll almost definitely sit that one out. We'll have the full injury details when any diagnosis becomes official, but not before.
After Ceciliani left the game, Cory Vaughn shifted from right field to center. He's now played all three outfield positions this week. According to the radio broadcast, he made at least one sensational diving catch, and showed plenty of range.
One other bright spot for the Gnats was the relief work of Chase Huchingson. Huchingson entered with bases loaded and two down, and struck out Crawdads #7 hitter to end the inning. In his 4.1 innings of work, he struck out five, did not walk a batter and gave up just two singles. He's the tallest Gnat at 6'5" and I'm eager to see him on the mound.