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Matt Harvey
Birthdate: 3/27/1989 (27 y, 11 m, 24 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/215     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 7, Overall: 7, Team: New York Mets
Contract: $5.1M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Harvey could remain behind in extended spring training to build up his stamina to begin the season and may miss his first turn through the rotation, the New York Daily News reports. (3/21/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Early last season, Jeff Sullivan wrote a piece about Cody Anderson, comparing his stuff to Harvey. Anderson went on to post a 6.68 ERA with 8.01 strikeouts per nine innings and 1.93 walks per nine. Hitters pounded him to the tune of a .381 batting average on balls in play and a 19.1 % home run per fly ball ratio. Maybe that's bad luck. He's probably easy to hit. So much for having Harvey's stuff... Of course, Harvey only managed a 4.86 ERA. His fastball velocity dropped 1.5 mph, and his strikeout rate fell to 7.38 K/9. He maintained a healthy 2.43 BB/9, but hitters teed off with the help of a .353 BABIP. Again, maybe that's luck. Probably it's making too many hittable pitches. His fastball, change, and slider all allowed an above-average BABIP while his curve remained effective. Even though Harvey feels like he's been on the scene forever, this is just his fifth season. It's not uncommon for high-quality pitchers to have one blip in the road of an otherwise stellar career. It's even more common for high quality pitchers to erode to average talent levels. (Brad Johnson)

The Quick Opinion: The New York media dubbed Harvey "The Dark Knight," an allusion to a certain Gotham-based hero. Harvey's 2016 campaign can be compared to the time(s) when The Batman lost his touch and struggled to fight crime.

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