A Few Hunter Harvey Links

A few links on Orioles #1 draft pick (22nd overall) Hunter Harvey, an 18-year old RHP out of Catawba, North Carolina.

MLB.com article from May 22, 2013:

Although the stats could be written off to the level of competition, what Hunter did during two national showcase events in August 2012 couldn’t — and it put him on the scouts’ radars. Hunter turned heads with a fastball that was consistently in the mid-90s and topped out at 97 — the fastest he’d ever thrown the ball — along with a consistent curveball during the East Coast Professional Showcase, which annually draws more than 300 scouts to Syracuse, N.Y.
— Bill Kiser, MLB.com

Baseball Factory 2013 Draft Preview Video: 

I’ve never been a very big fan of college or school in general.
— Hunter Harvey on MLB Network about not even considering college
It’s not that I’m not good at school, it’s that I’d rather be somewhere else. If they had a baseball class, I feel like I’d be really good at that. It’s all I ever talk about. It’s my life.

I never really cared much about any other thing.
— Hunter Harvey

ESPN.com instant draft analysis: 

There’s no question about Harvey’s signability — he didn’t even bother committing to a college — and there’s no doubt that he has top of the rotation potential as well. Like Anderson, the results weren’t as good towards the end of the year, and many scouts believe he’s going to be a reliever because of the arm action and lack of a third quality offering. That being said, Harvey is now the Orioles’ best pitching prospect behind Dylan Bundy, and with those two and Kevin Gausman, the Orioles could have a very scary rotation in 2016.
— Christopher Crawford, ESPN.com

Snippet from Keith Law Scouting Report: 

His out pitch is a 75-77 mph curveball with variable shape, some with real two-plane break and depth and others that are more vertical, although it’s unclear whether that’s deliberate. There’s no step-over to Harvey’s stride — he almost drags his lead leg forward, landing on the third base side of the mound, cutting himself off and limiting how much arm speed he can get from that forward motion. He gets way out over his front side when releasing the ball, and despite the landing spot, his arm slot is high enough that he doesn’t end up throwing across his body. Get him landing towards the plate and leading more with the front leg and his command and perhaps velocity will improve in short order.
— Keith Law, ESPN.com