Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 3/15/12

Yesterday, New York Mets top pitching prospect Matt Harvey did not make the trip out to Lakeland to face Prince Fielder and the Detriot Tigers, but, instead stayed behind and tossed five scoreless frames in a Mets minor league intra-squad game.  Harvey threw 58 of his 75 pitches for strikes and according to David Lennon of Newsday, the youngster “looked sharp with all of his pitches, reaching 96 mph on the radar gun a handful of times.” Lennon also stated that Harvey ‘overwhelmed’ the competition striking out eight batters.

Other than his first outing of the Spring, in which he walked three batters and hit another (mostly due to nerves) Harvey has shut down the competition; including an impressive 1-2-3 inning versus the Braves.  According to Andy Martino of the Daily News:

A short time after Chipper Jones grounded out against Matt Harvey last Friday, Josh Thole arrived at third base. The future Hall of Famer, shaking his head, had a question for the Mets catcher.

“Where did you get this guy?” Jones said. “He’s throwing bowling balls up there.”
The legion of Harvey believers is growing, and the Mets pitching prospect built his legend by retiring Jones and Jason Heyward on Friday, among other Braves.

While Harvey has been impressive thus far, according to Mike Kerwick of the Bergan Record, the Mets prospect was rewarded with a demotion to the Mets minor league camp this morning:

Matt Harvey also will be moving to minor league camp. You could hear the disappointment in his voice. #mets about 5 hours ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite @mikekerwick Mike Kerwick

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Harvey was not happy with the news, but will ‘keep working’ to reach the majors:

It’s not my call. I can’t make the decision. No matter how much I wanted to try and prove that I could, it’s never going to be my call. So I can only do what I can do. … You know, I’m not happy about it. But I can’t make the decision, so I’m going to go out there wherever I’m throwing and do the best I can and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at.”

The move is not surprising. It is pretty clear that this regime will not rush it’s prospects to the bigs; especially Harvey whom the club has very high hopes for. With that said, however, their is a lack of depth in the clubs rotation and if the 22-year-old prospect can carry over his spring success in AAA — where I am sure he will start the season — it may not be long before he is making his debut at Flushing.


Harvey was not the only Mets player to get cut this morning, according to Rubin there were 11 in total:

11 cuts: Harvey, Familia, Nieuwenhuis, den Dekker, Havens, Flores, Carson, Mejia, Rodriguez, Lagares, Stinson.More after game. about 5 hours ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

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