It’s a good thing Hunter Harvey has a heck of a pitching arm, because he sure doesn’t have a future as a contract negotiator. He certainly has no understanding of the concept of leverage.
Harvey, a right-handed fireballing pitcher from Catawba (N.C.) Bandys High was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the first round of the MLB First Year Draft, selected number 22 overall. That’s a position where teams usually want to be awfully sure that they can sign a player before they select them. It comes with a suggested signing bonus of $1,947,600 signing bonus, a number which will be a bargain if Harvey achieves anywhere near the incredible 0.38 ERA and 116 strikeouts he recorded in 54 2/3 innings as a senior.
If Harvey is to be believed, there could never have been any such concerns about his future. Both the teen and his father, former MLB pitcher Bryan Harvey, are on the record with the fact that Hunter has “never really been a fan of college.”
That quote was offered up to Baseball America’s Ben Bader, and came from the younger Harvey just moments after he was picked by the Orioles.