In his last start, 24-year-old Matt Harvey out-dueled Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals, striking out seven and allowed just one run in seven innings.
In the last month, Harvey has single-handedly brought hope back to a Mets franchise that has been treading water on the field and sinking off of it.
For the first time since CitiField opened, the Mets are once again a must-see team. And once every five days, Harvey’s starts are must-see events.
The Mets are a franchise rich in pitching history with Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, and Johan Santana, among others.
If everything goes right, we will be able to add Matt Harvey to that list.
The Mets took Harvey 7th overall in the 2010 Draft, and give him a $2.5 million bonus. But they weren't the first team to have a shot at him...
But he chose to go to college instead of the pros. Harvey pitched at the University of North Carolina for three seasons before re-entering the Draft.
Even though it only took him two years to make his way to the majors, he was still ranked just 54th in Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects list last year
He is not eligible for the Rookie of the Year award because he pitched more than 50 innings last year (59.0 to be exact). But he'd be the frontrunner.
He is represented by Scott Boras, which means the Mets will have to open the vault if they want to sign Harvey to a long-term deal.
But the Mets don't have to worry about that right now. They can just enjoy having a rising star for the first time in years.
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