This was merely a formality, as there was no way the Orioles were going to let Harvey, one of their top prospects, get away in the Rule 5 draft. Harvey missed most of 2017 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he showed flashes of his old self upon his return, posting a 0.96 ERA and 30:6 K:BB in eight starts (18.2 innings) at the lower levels.
Harvey, making his return from Tommy John surgery, posted a 0.96 ERA and 30:6 K:BB over 18.2 minor-league innings in 2017.
The sample size was small, and the competition was substandard, but it was still encouraging to see the top pitching prospect return to good health. Harvey logged a 0.91 WHIP and limited opponents to a .167 BAA in eight total starts across three levels. The 22-year-old will skip the fall league and aim to begin 2018 at Double-A Bowie.
Harvey will finish out the minor-league season with a planned eight starts at High-A Aberdeen before skipping the Arizona Fall League to rest, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Health has been the biggest concern surrounding the O's top pitching prospect. Harvey's been throwing since December after missing the better part of two seasons, and undergoing Tommy John surgery last July. However, the organization is content with that progress and doesn't want to push the 22-year-old too much, thus electing to shut him down in the fall. There's an outside chance of seeing Harvey in MLB sometime in 2018, but dynasty owners shouldn't plan on the right-hander contributing much for another couple of year, at least.
Harvey (elbow) pitched in his first rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery last July, Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Moving forward, Harvey will continue to rehab in rookie-league games until reporting to High-A Frederick for the rest of the 2017 campaign. The right-hander will pitch once a week during the rest of the year, and then rest during the offseason, instead of continuing to pitch in the winter leagues.
Harvey (elbow) will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday, MASN's Roch Kubatko reports.
This is a significant step in Harvey's recovery from Tommy John surgery after undergoing the procedure in late July of 2016. The expectation is that Harvey will begin his rehab in rookie-league games before the Orioles activate him at High-A Frederick. Harvey is considered one of the best pitching prospects in the Orioles' system, but injuries have slowed the 22-year-old's development.
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