6’3” accurate; nice broad shoulders and beautiful frame to add good weight; great physical projection; very athletic; ¾ arm slot; uses high kick to create good momentum towards the plate; stretch: 1.4-1.53 range; has slight crossfire; also can open early and land towards 1B side; front side glove can get big creating deception before throwing front side through; ball explodes out of his hand; hips and shoulders rotate in unison and arm comes through fast; easy release; low effort delivery; stays over top of pitches well; uses tall frame to create plane; repeatable mechanics; presently more of a thrower than pitcher and needs work with pitchability; very good demeanor and killer mentality on the mound; also plus-plus hair flow.
Delmarva Shorebirds (Low A, Orioles)
60; no. 3 starter
a lot of 93, 94s; uses tall frame to create downhill plane; arm-side life; can cut it at 90, 91; ball explodes to plate and gets on hitters quick; presently command better to arm-side; command profile overall is solid avg. and will to get to plus; generated double digit swing and misses; could see a velo tick from where he sits comfortably with added strength.
power breaking hammer; great shape with tight spin; hard vertical action; late, sharp hard snap coming from loose wrist; really snaps the breaker; shows great depth; comes from same arm motion as FB; has ability to throw for strike and chase pitch; will become even more effective with FB velo tick and development of CH; true swing and miss pitch.
best when in 82-83 range; great arm action; plays well of FB; arm-side fade with vertical action; easy arm with loose wrist (noted from CB) can improve depth and deception; needs to improve command profile in zone but has bat missing ability; present below avg. but work in progress.
There’s high risk here because Harvey is young and there’s much more development to go. His floor is lower than his fellow pitching prospects in the Orioles system, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman. But Hunter Harvey was amped to go against fellow top pitching prospect Giolito. His fastball was explosive out of his hand and got on hitters quickly. He generates easy velocity from plus arm speed and a clean delivery. He would bust righties inside with 94 then cut it away at 91 with the fastball. His curveball is a true hammer and will be a weapon at the highest level. The changeup is a work in progress but I trust the development of it because of the arm action. The overall command profile needs refinement but Harvey has the skill set and determination to do that. The things that stood out to me the most were Harvey’s demeanor and mentality. He kept cool and collected but was pissed when he gave up the hit and hit the two batters. Not to the extent of it being inappropriate but at the point where he was mad at himself for not blowing it by the hitter. Also, he has a killer instinct on the mound. He has a “here it is, come and hit it” mentality and that’s what I want from a pitcher. Give this boy the ball game 7 of the World Series.