If only bringing prospects to the majors were as easy as cooking poultry. They’d have these little plastic buttons and when they popped you’d know it was time for them to be promoted to the next level. However, until baseball decides to implant devices in players that monitor their physical, mental and emotional well-being a lot of it comes down to guess work. Let us look at Matt Harvey.
Is He Physically Ready?:
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 210 Lbs.
- Fastball: 93-95 (97 MPH)
- Changeup: Plus
- Curveball: Plus
- Cutter: In Development
- Conditioning: Harvey threw over 135 innings between high A and AA in 2011. In 2012, I would imagine the Mets desire to keep his inning count South of 180 which could still easily qualify him for 30+ starts.
Physically, Matt Harvey has that big “Pitcher’s Body” that scouts look for. His delivery doesn’t warrant concern in the same ways that Mejia’s or Familia’s do and his repertoire has the necessary pitches to survive facing a lineup more than twice through. It’s not unrealistic to think that Matt Harvey could physically survive the transition to the majors in 2012.
Is He Mentally Ready?:
I’ve seen a few interviews and read many to get the a glimmer of an idea about Harvey’s mental state. He seems to be well spoken and the right mix of confidence and humbleness that leaves me feeling he’s been trained to deal with the media. None of it gives me all that much information. I will say that he doesn’t have any of Mike Pelfrey’s nervous ticks on the mound.
Is He Emotionally Ready?:
YES! He looks composed on the mound and goes about his business as a professional. Also, when he has set-backs he works things out and moves past them. He pitched in college and has already looked sober and composed against MLB regulars.
NO! He has a single year of minor-league baseball and had mixed results in AA. He needs to establish dominance over minor league opponents before he tastes the majors. Anyone who says otherwise is CRAZY.
Maybe? I think it’s impossible to know when a player will be ready for the majors. I know that Met fans, the Met organization and the benign baseball Gods want Harvey to succeed sooner than later for the good of the Mets as a team. We’ll just have to wait and see.