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Matt Harvey (Aflac)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Matt Harvey
Position:Starting Pitcher
School:Fitch HS, Groton, Conn.
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:03/27/89
Height:6'4"
Weight:195 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):04/10/07
Game(s):Stonington High School
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Comments
Fastball:With a nice and easy delivery, Harvey was throwing 92-94 mph early in his outing, but by the end of his four-inning stint he was down to 88-90 mph.
Fastball movement:When Harvey keeps his fastball down, it has good life to it.
Curve:Harvey has the chance to have a plus curve. It's an overhand breaking ball with tight rotation and good bite when he stays on top of it. Scouts could hear the ball spinning in the bullpen during warmups, a good sign of arm strength.
Changeup:Harvey has the chance to develop a decent changeup. He threw it well in the bullpen, but only used it a few times in the game. When he did, he slowed his arm down too much in the delivery.
Control:Harvey's control wasn't bad, but his slow delivery made it hard for him to repeat his mechanics and consistently throw good strikes.
Poise:Harvey was very poised and perhaps a little too calm. When the opponent threatened to score, he didn't bear down and shut them down, allowing two runs.
Physical Description:At 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, Harvey is the prototypical projectable high school right-hander.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Smooth and clean delivery with two plus pitches at times -- with the chance for three usable ones -- and a projectable body.
Weaknesses:He'll need to speed up his delivery so he can repeat his mechanics. He lost velocity in this outing, but chalk that up to it being his first start.
Summary:With a good arm, nice and easy delivery, projectable frame and the possibility to have a three-pitch mix (right now, the changeup lags behind the other two), Harvey sits near the top of the high school arm list. Assuming the consistency of his performance improves from his first start, he should stay there. He'll need some refinement with his delivery, but has a very high ceiling.