Around the Bases with Matt Harvey

Inside Carolina caught up with the junior right handed hurler Matt Harvey during the baseball team's fall practice.

The Mystic, Conn. native is one of the top draft-eligible pitching prospects in the collegiate ranks this season. He is looking to improve on his sophomore campaign where he posted a 5.40 ERA to go with his 7-2 record, as compared to his Freshman All-American campaign where he earned a 2.79 ERA along with an identical 7-2 record.

What goals do you have for yourself and for the team next spring?
"Obviously our team goals every year are to have a winning season - 40 games is always something you want to do as a team. I'd like to lead us back to Omaha. I have been starting on the weekends the past two years and have kind of accepted the role of taking care of the younger guys and helping them out. So what I would like to do is to win as many games as I possibly can and hope that that is good enough to get us back to Omaha."

What have you been working on this fall?
"My fastball command has definitely been something I have been working on. I am hoping to limit my walks and go right after each hitter and really concentrate on one hitter at a time and not just looking at the whole picture, whereas maybe I have done that in the past. Fight for the out of each hitter and just go from there."

Which of the newcomers to the Diamond Heels have caught your eye this fall?
"Honestly they all have. I have been very, very impressed not only with our pitching but also the new guys that come in and play defense for us. I think that we are going to surprise a lot of people and we will have a very, very athletic team - it will be fun to watch."

What kind of leadership role have you taken with the team this season - Ben Bunting mentioned that you were guiding the new pitchers along...
"You know what, with the experience that me and some of the older pitchers have, it is something that needs to be taught to the younger guys - what they need to do and how things are run around here in order to win games. After going to Omaha the past two years and with some of the guys who have gone the past three or four years, we know how to get it done and that is what we are trying to filter through to the newer guys."

How have you handled – and plan to handle - the added attention with your status of being draft eligible this season (after being drafted in the third round coming out of high school by the California Angels)?
"It is a long ways away. I think when it was my draft year in high school I think I put too much pressure on myself to do things outside of my ability. It is the fall season - I don't want to think about it now, and come to think of it I don't want to think about it during the season. One of the main things I have been working on this fall is going after every hitter and that is what I am going to continue to do heading into the season."

One of your high school teammates, Jesse Hahn, has starred in the rotation at Virginia Tech - can you discuss the competition level in the ACC and where the league has come as far as baseball is concerned?
"You look around the league and there is a lot of good players that have either gone through or are there now. We are going to have some fun match-ups. Jesse Hahn was good in high school but he has developed into a very good pitcher - it has been exciting to see his progression. We are going to have some good weekend series and they are going to be tough but they are going to be fun - we are looking forward to it."

Can you discuss what you have seen from the Diamond Heels newcomer transfer right handed pitcher Teddy Mitrosilis?
"He has been – well, it is kind of weird - he is throwing and you think he is throwing 100 miles per hour and you get back there and he is in the upper 80s. He works hard - he gets in and does his work and he has good stuff. It has been exciting to see him work."

What are your thoughts heading into the Fall World Series?
"Those are always fun - you get to put on different colored uniforms and have something to play for with not having to run. The last two years have been a blast and I think this year might be even more fun. We are all looking forward to it."

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