Matt Harvey due for a career year in 2016

New York's ace could surpass his win total from 2015.

Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Mets starter Matt Harvey could be set up for a superb 2016 campaign. The Amazin's star produced a 13-8 record along with a 2.71 ERA and 1.02 WHIP in 2015, but his best pitching days could be ahead of him. Harvey, 26, is regarded as one of the most prolific power pitchers in the game, but even his super human arm wasn't at full strength at the start of last year.

As his stamina and strength improved, Harvey regularly pitched into the seventh inning and beyond, while his fastball started to creep up into the mid-90s.

Scouts hinted that Harvey's fastball lacked the explosion that it featured throughout the 2013 season, but it's not abnormal for a pitcher to need a year back from Tommy John in order to get back over the hump. Fellow fireballers Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom tested the capacity of the radar gun; topping out in the high 90s with ease. Knowing the competitive drive and spirit within Harvey, he'll use Spring Training to refine his fastball mechanics to get the extra electricity on the mound.

The one positive aspect of Harvey pitching with his A- fastball last year was that it forced him to develop his secondary pitches and he was able to induce swings and misses with his changeup and curveball.

If the Mets star hurler is able to complete his entire repertoire by mixing in a knee-buckling curveball and changeup with his devastating fastball. 


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