Leading up to the 2007 draft, current New York Mets sensation Matt Harvey wasn't the consensus top high school pitcher in the country.
That distinction belonged to Rick Porcello of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J.
The two had become friends, owing to their common Northeast roots -- Harvey is from Groton, Conn. -- and letters of intent to pitch at the University of North Carolina. They played in the same showcases and tournaments. They even talked about rooming together in Chapel Hill.
"We struck up a friendship and hung out quite a bit," Porcello recalled recently. "Once I got drafted, we parted ways and haven't really talked."
Porcello fell to the Tigers at No. 27 overall because of high bonus demands, and he passed up college to sign a $7 million major-league contract. The Angels selected Harvey in the third round. He asked for $2 million. The team offered $1 million. So he went to school.
The Tigers were in win-now mode when they fast-tracked ...