Hunter Harvey

#72 SP / Baltimore Orioles / EXP: 0YRS / MINORS Height: 6-3 Weight: 175 lb Age: 22 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    Hunter Harvey's brief professional career has been marred by injury, causing the 21-year-old to lose his prospect luster. Harvey burst onto the scene in 2014, posting a 106:33 K:BB in 87.2 innings at Low-A Delmarva as a teenager. He missed the entire 2015 campaign due to a right elbow strain, though. Harvey then suffered a groin injury during his return to the mound in the spring of 2016, forcing him to undergo hernia surgery. Harvey subsequently pitched in just five games before exiting with soreness in his right flexor mass. He ultimately needed Tommy John surgery in July, and could miss the entire 2017 campaign as a result. When healthy, Harvey has demonstrated a superb fastball/curveball combo, but he has pitched just 12.2 innings in the minors since the end of 2014. If he can return to health, he will be nearly 23 years of age while having never pitched above Low-A, even if all goes swimmingly in his rehab.

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    • Harvey (elbow) is recovering soundly and has had no setbacks, thus keeping him on track for game action sometime in July, MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo reports. It wasn't long ago that Harvey was a mainstay in Top 100 lists everywhere, but his outlook has crumbled in just two short years. He missed all of 2015 trying to rest and rehab through an elbow injury before succumbing to Tommy John surgery after just five starts last season. Harvey still ranks as the Orioles' No. 7 prospect, and the club's farm director, Brian Graham, believes the right-hander could be on the scene sooner than most would expect. "He has the chance to be really good and really special," Graham said. "I know he has not pitched a lot of innings the last two years. He could be ready for the big leagues really quickly. That's how good he is." A full season of good health and solid results would put Harvey on the radar in deep leagues beginning in 2018.

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    • Manager Buck Showalter thinks Harvey will pitch in a game by July, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports. The projection would have Harvey pitching about one year after Tommy John surgery. The highly-touted prospect resumed light throwing this December and has been slowly working his way back to normal pitching activities. Harvey started just five games last season after missing all of 2015 with injuries, so expectations should be tempered regarding any comeback attempt.

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    • Harvey won't pitch at all until the instructional league begins in September, Keith Law of ESPN reports. The injury-prone starter will miss most of 2017 after having Tommy John last year. He sat out all of the 2015 season with two different injuries -- a fractured fibula thanks to a comeback shot in spring training, followed by a flexor mass strain later in the year. The right-hander came back briefly in 2016 before finally having surgery. Harvey has front-line stuff when healthy, but even in dynasty formats, the 22-year-old is a reach until he proves he can stay out of the trainer's room.

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    • Harvey (elbow) could begin throwing again as early as next week, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports. The potential throwing session is only expected to be a light 45-foot "toss-and-catch" exercise, but given the fact that he'll be five months removed from Tommy John surgery by Monday, it seems like the top prospect is right on track with his rehab process. This timetable would line up Harvey for a possible return date late in the 2017 season, although things should be clearer as he progresses further in his recovery. If all goes as planned, the right-hander could begin long toss in a couple months with limited offerings off a mound following that step.

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    • Harvey underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports. Harvey exited a start back on July 16 reporting elbow soreness and ended up visiting Dr. James Andrews shortly after to diagnose the problem. It was determined that the right-hander would need ligament replacement surgery which he had Tuesday. At only 21 years old, Harvey likely has a long career ahead of him but in the short term, he's likely to miss all of 2016 and 2017 as he goes through Tommy John rehab.

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