Sunday, February 26, 2012

Prospect RHP Matt Harvey Impresses during Live Batting Practice


According to the NY Post, Matt Harvey’s presence was hard to miss yesterday during the Mets’ first live batting practice session of the spring.

Though the righty fire-baller wasn’t unleashing his best fastball, he kept the Mets off balance enough to earn a salute from Ike Davis, who was over matched by a Harvey slider.
 “His mechanics are real smooth,” Davis said. “I’d like to see him when he’s in a game, throwing 97 [mph] like he can. With that movement it would be pretty nasty.”
Harvey, the team’s top draft choice in 2010, likely is not competing for a spot on the major league roster, but will be watched closely this spring as the Mets try to assess his growth. Harvey progressed from Single-A to Double-A last season.
“I truly believe in the process,” manager Terry Collins said. “There’s a fine line of making sure you don’t put somebody in a position where they’re going to fail, so we’re going to let him pitch and as we go along we’ll make decisions we believe will be best for him.”

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