Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 3/19/12

SURPRISE, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: (L-R) Infielder Ken Harvey #28 and outfielder David DeJesus #9 of the Kansas City Royals joke around during photo day on February 27, 2004 at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Former First Baseman Ken Harvey is from Los Angeles, CA but like most Cali boys who graduate from Beverly Hills High School he became a Cornhusker at Nebraska. Harvey did work in college and was named an All-American and First Team Big 12 in 1999. Harvey committed Teddy Williams that year and hit .478 setting the new Big 12 batting average record. The 1999 Nebraska team was most known for beating Chicago State 50-3 on the back end of a doubleheader (they won 15-3 the first game). Harvey hit 2 bombs and crossed home plate 7 times (Nebraska record).

The Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 1999 MLB Draft selected none other than Ken Harvey. Ken quickly worked his way up to the majors hitting well over .300 and racking up hits on hits in the road to the show. Unfortunately for Harvey the best player on the Royals at the time was the legend himself, Mike Sweeney. This actually forced Ken’s move to left field later in his career. Harvey made his debut in September 2001 but only got 12 AB’s. In 2003 Harvey had a fairly solid rookie year. In 485 AB’s he hit 30 doubles, 13 homers, 64 RBI’s with a .266 BA.

The next year Harvey finally translated in the bigs, and broke out hitting .305, 10 homers, and 34 RBI’s in the first half of the season However, he finished with 456 AB’s resulting in 131 hits, 20 doubles, 13 homers, 55 RBI’s, and a .287 BA. His big-time start earned him a trip to Houston for the 2004 All-Star Game as the only representative of KC. Harvey pinch hit for the winning pitcher Mark Mulder, but unfortunately went 0-1. Harvery proved time and time again he had the potential, but as you can assume Harvey significantly struggled in the 2nd half and was sent down to Omaha.

You would think a young All-Star would rebound, but in 2005 Harvey was still not the same, and batted .222 fighting continuous back problems. He was released by the Royals and went to Spring Training with the Minnesota Twins in 2006, but this did not work out.

Harvey then signed with the Kansas City T-Bones in the Northern League, and then the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in the Atlantic League.

You really would expect a player of Harvey’s caliber to at least play for the Yomiuri Giants or the Nippon-Ham Fighters…and not the same team as John Halama.

-Schotz

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Diamondbacks GM: Padres wanted Goldschmidt for Kimbrel

'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

Mets acquire Yoenis Cespedes from Tigers

Sheldon Richardson escapes felony charges for recent arrest

Lawyer who litigated against NFL: Brady plays every game

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Cowboys should sign interested RB Steven Jackson

Jameis Winston confirmed as Buccaneers starting QB

Russell Wilson contract increases likelihood of change

Jim Harbaugh doesn’t care if he’s popular

Johnny Manziel struggles in first day of Browns camp

Report: Wilson, Seahawks agree to four-year, $86.7M contract

Jonathan Papelbon thinks he became ‘scapegoat’ for Phillies

Padres don’t sell at trade deadline, reportedly because AJ Preller still believes in team

First photos of Jason Pierre-Paul’s injured hand emerge

Stop kvetching about Notre Dame, please

Rebuttal banner supporting Tom Brady flies over Pats practice

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

LeSean McCoy cancels party, but it wasn't some 'weird orgy'

Redskins making huge mistake by signing Junior Galette

New Blue Jay David Price got a flat tire on his way to Toronto

Five of the worst baseball trades since 2000

Famed ballboy Red Lightning spotted at Falcons camp

Rickie Fowler aces final hole, treats media to free beers

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

David Price traded to Blue Jays

The indefensible Hulk Hogan

Cole Hamels chose Rangers over Astros

Can Preller fix the mess in San Diego?

Next summer's top 10 NBA free agents

Who is the NL's new top shortstop?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker