Three years ago, Kris Harvey opted to play at Clemson after being a fifth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Braves coming out of Bandys High School. He once again has a decision to make on whether to turn pro and stay in school.
Harvey, a junior right-handed pitcher and slugging
designated hitter, was drafted in the second round by
the Florida Marlins with the 64th overall pick in
Major League Baseball's amateur draft Tuesday.
But by the sound of things, Harvey, who still has one
more year of eligibility remaining, has already
determined what his future plans are.
"I?m very pleased, he said. "You can't ask for much
more than that in the second round. I get a chance to
go and hit and stay on the East Coast near my family,
so maybe they can see me play some."
"We weren't really expecting that but (my father) was
very pleased and he was very proud I went in the
second round. I think it's great. I've lived (in
Miami) before, and I've been around the stadium and
the city. It will be nice to get back down there. I?m
not sure where I'll go when I sign or where I'll be
at, but it will be nice.
Harvey had aspirations of being a big-league pitcher
like is father, Bryan, who finished with 177 career
saves in nine seasons in the majors and who will serve
as his son's agent. However, after finishing this year
with a 5-4 record, a 5.52 ERA, and dropping into the
fifth spot in the rotation, it became clear to most
observers that his hitting will be what gets him to
the major leagues.
Harvey led the ACC and is tied for second in the
nation with 24 home runs. He also has 69 RBIs to go
along with a hefty .342 batting average. Those numbers
were good enough to earn him a spot on the All-ACC
First Team for the second consecutive year.
To his credit, however, Harvey realizes that his
strength is with a bat in his hand.
"It's not disappointing at all (being drafted as a
hitter), he said. "I actually like it a little
better. I get a chance to go and hit and if that
doesn't work out then they are going to give me a
chance to pitch after that. So, I've got the best of
both worlds with that.
Also drafted during the first day of the two-day draft
was teammate and fellow pitcher Robert Rohrbaugh. The
junior, left-handed pitcher was taken in the seventh
round by the Seattle Mariners with the 203rd overall
This season, Rohrbaugh is 8-2 with a 4.08 ERA. He
finished the regular season second in the ACC in
conference wins. He also had 79 strikeouts in 90.1
This is also the second time Rohrbaugh has been
drafted. He was drafted by the then Montreal Expos in
the 30th round coming out of high school.
Rohrbaugh had indicated before the draft that he would
likely sign with a team if it drafted him before the eighth round.
"Seattle called and asked if they drafted me in the seventh round if I would sign. I gave them my answer," said the junior lefthander.
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