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UNC helped Harvey prepare for major league career

Posted June 25, 2012

— As a third round draft pick out of high school Matt Harvey could have more minor league experience under his belt, but he delayed a pro career and went to North Carolina. Harvey thinks the decision helped him on his quest for the big leagues.

"I did a lot, whether it was pitching in Omaha in front of 30,000 people or a weekend series against Clemson, you're in the spotlight," said Harvey.

At Carolina, Harvey in started College World Series games as both a freshman and sophomore.

As a junior in 2010, he was the Heels' ace. He was drafted seventh overall to the Mets.

Matt Harvey Jennings: Harvey top pitching prospect for Mets

Now with Triple-A Buffalo, Harvey is the organization's top pitching prospect, on the brink of a major league call up at age 23 in only his second season in the minors.

"For Matt, I think it's just about consistency. His stuff plays. All his pitches play," said Buffalo manager Wally Backman.

With a slow, deliberate delivery, Harvey's fastball is sneaky fast, hiding the ball well from hitters.
His main goal now is consistency and control.

"I didn't want to have as many walks as I had last year. Unfortunately, I'm creeping up to that number," said Harvey. "But as the season has gone along, I feel like I'm doing a better job of keeping my walk percentage down."

Because this year's Mets staff has exceeded expectations, the team is in no rush to call up Harvey. But it's only a matter of time before he becomes the sixth Tar Heel pitcher on a current major league roster.

"College was big and I'm almost there," said Harvey.

"He's moving in the right direction so he's not far off," Backman said.

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  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Jun 27, 2012

    Yes, prospective baseball recruits! You should choose UNC, because they will prepare you for a major league career!

    Isn't that the message this fluff piece is trying to convey?

    Once again, the local media is doing their part to help Carolina in every way they can.

  • Toddler10-21 Jun 26, 2012

    OK

  • 4tarheels Jun 25, 2012

    Great job Harvey. GO HEELS!

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