I really like looking at the future with our minor league systems, but I am also a fan of amateur baseball as well. I was thinking of highlighting some of the top prospects in HS ball that are eligible for the 2007 draft. Is it too early to think draft? Heck no.
#1 HS prospect is Righthander Matt Harvey (Fitch High, Groton, Conn)
6' 4" - 190 lbs.
A report from the Aflac All-American Baseball Classic
From tarheelblue.com which is where he committed to play in 2008.Matt Harvey has a loose, fluid delivery which he repeats well, enabling him to pound the strike zone with two plus pitches. His fastball sits between 91-95 mph and he complements it with one of the best changeups among the high school Class of 2007. Matt led Fitch High to Connecticut's Class 2-A State Championship as a junior, posting a 5-0 record with two saves and a 0.82 ERA. In 43 innings he racked up 80 strikeouts against 14 walks with 13 hits allowed. He also batted .367 as a first baseman. Matt was named All-State by the New Haven Register, Hartford Current and Connecticut High School Baseball Coaches Association. In the semifinals, Matt spun a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts against Trumbull High in the state playoffs. He was ranked as the No. 5 prospect by Prospects Plus at Perfect Game's National Showcase in Fayetteville, Ark., in June. He also appeared in USA Baseball's Tournament of Stars in Joplin, Mo. As a sophomore at Fitch High, Matt was 7-0 with a 1.13 ERA and a save. In 56 innings he had 94 strikeouts, 26 walks and 17 allowed just hits. He threw two one-hitters and two no-hitters. Matt honed his skills in the summers following his freshman and sophomore seasons with the New London American Legion team. Matt is a perennial honor role student and owns a 3.3 GPA. At Fitch High, he plays for his father, Ed, a 33-year coaching veteran, 28 as a head coach. Ed played baseball and football at University of Connecticut, appearing in the 1972 College World Series.
He starred at the East Coast Showcase this past August. Here is a report from Baseball America (non-premium):Matt Harvey, Mystic, Conn. (Fitch, Coach Ed Harvey), RHP, 6-4/190
Ranked the No. 1 prospect in the country by Baseball America and the No. 5 prospect in the country by Perfect Game. A very athletic right-handed pitcher that has great stuff. His fastball has reached the mid-90s, and he also has an outstanding curveball. Played for his father Ed at Fitch High School. Coach Fox on Harvey: "Matt has a pitcher's body and a terrific arm. We love his demeanor and his attitude about competing. He is a wonderful athlete that has a very bright future in this game. He loved our pitching program, and the way Andrew Miller and Daniel Bard developed. We are honored that Matt chose the University of North Carolina, and he can certainly help us reach the goals we have set for our program."
Appearantly he can hit a little too:Righthander Matt Harvey (Fitch High, Groton, Conn.), was the first pitcher to toe the rubber at Brooks Field, and he might have been the best. He struck out six in two innings, sitting near 90 mph, touching 93 mph. The son of a coach, Harvey's feel for pitching and secondary stuff are advanced and refined. He shows an ability to spot his pitches to all four quadrants of the strike zone, and he overmatched good hitters.
Obviously a stud. I would like to see the Reds go after HS pitching like this. The more the better.Matt Harvey and Wes Smith each went 5-for-5 and combined to score five runs and drive in seven more for No. 1 Fitch (6-0), which scored all of its runs over the first five innings in an 18-8 romp over Windham (3-3) in an Eastern Connecticut Conference inter-division game.