What seemed to be a foregone conclusion finally became reality over the weekend when Clemson baseball player Kris Harvey signed with the Florida Marlins.
Harvey, who was drafted in the second round by the Marlins with the 64th overall pick, signed for the slot bonus of $575,000. He was in Miami late Monday getting his team physical.
The North Carolina native was named a second-team All-American designated hitter by Baseball America and third-team All-American designated hitter by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association for his efforts this season.
Overall, he belted 25 home runs this year, which was tied for most in the nation and is tied for second-most in a season in Clemson history. To go along with those homers, he batted .341, with 11 doubles, 70 RBIs, and a .687 slugging percentage.
Harvey also ended the season on a 14-game hitting streak.
He started the season as one of the top three pitchers on the staff, but as the season wore on, he struggled and was eventually taken out of the rotation all together.
Harvey finished the year with a 5-4 record and a 5.52 ERA. He compiled 52 strikeouts in 62 innings pitched.
The Marlins are expected to make him a position player, with the outfield and third base the likely choices. And that's just fine with him.
"I'm very pleased," Harvey 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."
Harvey Moving On
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