Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

13276416475_708a5a40ae_oThe 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. Read more about Should the Orioles deal Harvey?

Why Not Move Harvey Up?

Hunter Harvey has been dominant in his brief professional career. He has been virtually unhittable at every level he pitched at: the GCL Orioles, Aberdeen, and now Delmarva. Because of his overwhelming success, many O’s fans are calling for another promotion to Frederick, and I’ve even heard some fans calling for a promotion to AA Bowie. While Harvey may be able to succeed at either of those levels, there are a few reasons why he will remain in Delmarva for a little while longer.
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Wynning! Delmarva Caps Impressive Homestand with W

The Delmarva Shorebirds completed an impressive homestand on Tuesday morning with a walk-off double by Austin Wynns. The Shorebirds won six of seven on the homestand. Delmarva’s pitching staff has been lights out.

The Shorebirds started by sweeping the Augusta GreenJackets. On Wednesday, Steven Brault pitched six scoreless innings, and Dylan Rheault pitched 3 more scoreless. Rheault has been one of Delmarva’s best pitchers this year, and he continues to have success each time out. The next day, Mitch Horacek twirled seven scoreless innings in a 6-0 victory. Mike Yastrzemski had key hits in both games. Sebastian Vader couldn’t keep the shutout street going, but Wynns came through on Friday with 3 RBIs. Yastrzemski hit his fourth triple of the year as well, and Delmarva completed the sweep with a 6-4 victory.
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Delmarva Shorebirds: Through 17 Games

The Delmarva Shorebirds currently sit at 8-9, which is good for third place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League.

Currently, third baseman Drew Dosch leads the team in batting average. Dosch was a seventh-round pick out of Youngstown State in 2013, but he did not play pro ball last year. However, we are now seeing why the Orioles drafted him pretty highly, as he has 21 hits in 66 at bats, good for a .318 average. He also has seven RBI’s and a stolen base.

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