More on Harvey
Our reporter/fan extraordinaire Doc Shorebird is on the grounds at Ed Smith in Sarasota watching the three-day mini camp run by the Orioles. He snapped a few really good photos of Orioles 1st rounder Hunter Harvey. I’ve already written that the likelihood of Hunter starting with the Shorebirds is high. He’s young, talented and probably needs a little more seasoning before a promotion to Frederick. This week, the Orioles announced the coaching staff for the upcoming season and Alan Mills is the new pitching coach. He worked with Hunter towards the end of the season in Aberdeen. If you connect the dots, it now makes even more sense that Hunter starts here. The Orioles like Mills and he has already spent time working with Hunter.
A few people have commented on our social media sites since we posted the pictures about how young Hunter looks. Well, he is only 19-years old.
Hunter grew up in a baseball family. Many by now know his dad is Bryan Harvey, former MLB pitcher. He played for the California Angels and Florida Marlins from 1987 to 1995. Bryan was a two-time all-star (1991, 1993).
Hunter’s older brother, Kris, also played professional baseball. He went to Clemson and then was drafted in the second round by the Florida Marlins in 2005. Kris (started as an outfielder in pro ball and converted to a pitcher) played eight seasons in the minor leagues (2005-2012) and peaked at Double-A.
Back to Hunter, who was the 22nd overall pick by the Orioles in 2013. He made eight total regular season starts between the GCL and Aberdeen last year and had a 1.78 ERA. He had an impressive strikeout to walk ratio of 33 to six in 25.1 innings pitched.
Shorebirds fans have been awed by young talented pitchers over the years. This could certainly be another one to watch very closely. That’s assuming he starts with the Shorebirds.