Mets reach agreement with No. 1 pick

August, 17, 2010

Julie Scheidegger/US Presswire
UNC right-hander Matt Harvey from Mystic, Conn., signed with the Mets before the midnight deadline.

The Mets have confirmed the signing of first-round pick Matt Harvey, a right-hander from the University of North Carolina, at the midnight deadline. He will receive $2.525 million, a team official confirmed.

Here's a bio on Harvey from draft day:

Harvey's fastball sits between 91-98 mph, according to the Mets. He also throws a hard slider (83-85 mph), curveball (79-81 mph) and changeup. He went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA, 102 strikeouts and 35 walks in 96 innings as a junior.

"He’s able to bring power, and he also has that power body," said Mets director of amateur scouting Rudy Terrasas, who compared him to Mike Pelfrey in terms of having that type of power build.

His father, Edward, played college football and baseball at UConn, was a participant in the 1972 College World Series and coached Harvey at high school. Harvey said he rooted for the Yankees and NFL's Patriots growing up.

Harvey, 21, was considered the top high school pitcher in the draft in 2007, but he slid to the third round because of fears of his asking price by his representative, Scott Boras. The Angels eventually selected Harvey in the third round and reportedly offered $1.4 million, but the right-hander instead headed to UNC.

"Obviously getting drafted out of high school, you're young," Harvey said. "Being an 18-year-old, that's such a tough decision to make, I feel. Having college to fall back on -- and to not go through that experience as an 18-year-old and jump right into the minor leagues -- I feel, would be extremely tough. It was a tough process. After going to college for three years, going through what I feel are the best three years of my life, and having a successful junior year and watching the draft and having the opportunity to get selected by the Mets seventh overall, it's something I really take pride in and am very excited about."

Said Mets GM Omar Minaya, who watched Harvey pitch for UNC: "We’ve done a pretty good job in signing most of our players."

Mets scout Marlin McPhail watched one outing this season against Clemson in which Harvey threw 157 pitches, and reportedly hit 96 mph with the last pitch. McPhail confessed after watching: "You tend to get a little nervous, quite frankly."

Harvey felt sick going into the game and took a while to get his legs under him.

"I think after striking out the side in the eighth inning it was pretty tough for me to not want to come out for the ninth," Harvey said. "… It was a big game, so I was pretty fired up and able to finish it."

Adam Rubin

ESPN Staff Writer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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