The most tense point of Major League Baseball’s regular season is rapidly approaching, as the July 31st trade deadline is now one week away. Within the next week, several stars will switch teams, as contenders look to bolster their roster to make a push for the postseason. The Baltimore Orioles are one of those contending teams. The O’s have several prospects that will undoubtedly draw interest. Hunter Harvey is near the top of that list.
Harvey, the O’s’ first round pick in 2013, has pitched well in pro ball. He dominated in the Gulf Coast League and with the Aberdeen IronBirds last year. This year, Harvey has pitched to a 2.94 ERA over 16 starts with Delmarva. Harvey’s fastball sits in the 90s, and he also has a devastating curveball that throws hitters off balance. He is still working on developing a changeup.
Dan Duquette will hear Harvey’s name in several potential deals over the next seven days. But I highly doubt that Duquette will pull the string and deal one of his best prospects. And I hope he does not.
Prospects like Hunter Harvey do not come around often. He throws hard, and his curveball can make hitters look silly. The changeup will greatly benefit him as well. Harvey already has two above average pitches, and he has the potential to add a third. I would not be surprised if he even developed a fourth pitch within the next few years.
Also, Harvey has an intangible swagger when he pitches. He is confident in his pitches and his ability to get hitters out. It was on display when I saw him last year at Ripken Stadium.
If he continues to develop his changeup, I truly believe that Harvey can be one of the best pitchers in the American League. The O’s could have one of the best pitching duos in the Majors with Harvey and Kevin Gausman.
I, along with all of Birdland, want the Orioles to win now. It may involve Dan Duquette taking a risk and dealing a good prospect. However, I hope that prospect’s name is not Hunter Harvey.