Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Matt Harvey

After declining to sign with the Los Angeles Angels after the 2007 MLB Draft, the Mets took him with the seventh pick in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Harvey rose through the ranks of the Mets minor league system, earning a call up to the big leagues after a year and a half in the minors.

Harvey quickly excelled at the big league level finishing the 2012 season with a 2.73 ERA with 70 strikeouts in 59.1 innings. Harvey earned the “Dark Knight” nickname and was already drawing comparisons to Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden heading into the 2013 season. Harvey delivered in a big way, he went 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA, started the All-Star Game at Citi Field, finished fourth in Cy Young voting and went pitch for pitch with Clayton Kershaw all season. Of course, his season was cut short after finding out he needed to get the dreaded Tommy John Surgery.

Harvey missed the entire 2014 season but after the last game that year he told Terry Collins “We’re going to do it next year,” and Harvey almost delivered on that promise. Harvey returned to form in 2015 by going 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA and throwing 189.1 innings one year removed from the surgery. Harvey was also dominant in leading the team to the World Series but the wear and tear in Harvey’s arm caught up to him in 2016.

Harvey was one of many injuries plagued Mets in 2016 and it resulted in a 4-10 record with a 4.86 ERA and did not pitch like the “Dark Knight” Mets fans remembered. Harvey had his season cut short again with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in his right shoulder. The team hoped a full season of rest would return him to form in 2017.

2017 was the worst year of his career with a 6.70 ERA and a staggering 21 home runs allowed in less than 100 innings. Harvey had been suspended by the team for no-showing a game at Citi Field and was suspected of partying the night before. He then missed about two and a half months after recovering from a stress fracture in his right shoulder. Upon his return in September he was absolutely awful with an 11.25 ERA in the 22.1 innings he pitched. He looked defeated, had no confidence in himself and was just wanted his hellacious year to end.

Harvey agreed to a one year, $5.63 million contract in the offseason to avoid arbitration with the Mets. He has felt stronger and looks a lot more confident in the two starts he has made this spring. He has pitched five innings, only allowing one run and showing the same sharpness his pitches had when he was on top of his game. With his performance so far this spring he figures to be in the rotation this season but with a little over three weeks left in Spring Training there is time for plenty of things to change.