Matt Harvey, Starting Pitcher, New York Mets, #33
Date of Birth: 3/27/1989
Birthplace: New London, Connecticut
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Current Salary: $5,125,000
Nicknames: Real Deal, Dark Knight of Gotham
Matt Harvey, starting pitcher for the New York Mets, was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in 2007. He opted instead, however, for college. Three years later, after proving himself as an outstanding pitcher in college baseball, he was drafted by the Mets. As a college player, he had a 22-7 record and a 3.73 ERA in 238.2 innings.
Harvey pitched in the Mets' minor league system in 2011 and 2012. He pitched 245.2 innings in 46 games and he had a 20-10 record, a 3.48 ERA, and 268 strikeouts to 95 walks.
Harvey joined the Mets for 10 games in 2012. He pitched 59.1 innings and he had a 3-5 record and a 2.73 ERA. He had a strong 2013 season, finishing with a 9-5 record and a 2.27 ERA in 178.1 innings in 26 games.
In October, 2013, Harvey had Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2014 season while recuperating from the surgery.
Harvey came back strong in 2015, finishing with a 13-8 record, 188 strikeouts to 37 walks, and a 2.71 ERA. His achievements earned him the National League Comeback Player of the Year award. He pitched well in the postseason, earning a 3.04 ERA with 2 wins and no losses. In 26.2 innings in 4 games, he gave up 21 hits, including 2 home runs, and 9 earned runs. He struck out 27 batters and walked 8.
Harvey spent much of the 2016 season on the DL. He finished the season with a career high ERA of 4.86, 4 wins to 10 losses, and 76 strikeouts to 25 walks in 92.2 innings in 17 games.
Career pitching statistics for Harvey through 2016 include:
- 82 games played
- 519.2 innings pitched
- 29-28 win-loss record
- 525 strikeouts to 119 walks
- 2.94 ERA