Scouting Mets' Prospect #44: Ryan Harvey

The New York Mets drafted outfielder Ryan Harvey with their 19th round pick in the 2003 draft out of the University of Cal-Riverside. Harvey was the Bombers' All-Star representative in the South Atlantic League this past season, ranking Harvey #44 in our Top 50 Mets' Prospects list. Here's a scouting report on Ryan Harvey.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Ryan Harvey
Position: Left Field
DOB: December 17, 1979
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 195
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Ryan Harvey had a fantastic senior year at the University of California-Riverside, hitting .411 with 9 home runs and and 40 RBI but slipped in the draft due to his age. He was a 23-year old senior, which hurt his projection potential. Scouts knew Harvey was going to have to hit his way up the prospect ladder and that's what he's begun to do.

Harvey is a hard working ball player, always looking to go the extra mile in his workouts. In fact, immediately after being drafted by the Mets, Harvey started working out extra hard much in the same manner David Wright did in his time with the St. Lucie Mets. So despite playing a long season of college baseball in 2003, Harvey's workout regiment after being drafted began to wear him down when he began his professional career with the Bombers in 2003 and his numbers that year were a testament to that. His debut with Capital City was not spectacular and he was sent to Brooklyn to finish out the 2003 season.

Harvey decided to cut down on his workouts in 2004 with the Bombers and the results speak for themselves. He hit a team-high 32 doubles and was third in the South Atlantic League with a .325 batting average, earning SAL All-Star honors. "I've always been able to hit. That's what kept me playing in college. The last two years, hitting has got me up to this level", Harvey told NYfansonly.com. Harvey has the talent, the desire, and the work ethic to make it all the way to the Major Leagues. "I always pictured myself making it", said Harvey. "I used to get ready for my Little League games four hours in advance. I'd sit around in my house with my uniform on. "It gets tough and it's a grind, but when it's all said and done you get to sit down and watch baseball and participate. Anybody would trade their life for this."

Year

Team

AVG.

AB

Hits

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

K

OBP

SLG

2004

Capital City

.325

425

138

10

69

88

12

35

48

.395

.494

2003

Capital City

.277

119

33

0

15

15

3

10

20

.363

.294

2003

Brooklyn

.304

46

14

1

2

5

3

4

5

.385

.406


* Stats as of 10/1/04

Batting and Power. Harvey has one of the best eyes at the plate in the entire Mets' farm system. He is really selective at the plate and uses the entire field when he hits. Harvey has excellent gap power and utilizes his speed very well. He does not have prototypical home run power associated with the corner outfield position, but makes up for it with good contact and line-drive power. He's a perennial .300+ hitter and even has productive outs, moving over runners when called upon.

Base Running and Speed. Harvey has decent speed, nothing earth-shattering. What he does have is natural baseball instincts on the base paths and in the field. He's a very smart base runner and reads the pitchers very well. What he lacks in true speed he more than makes up for in baseball intelligence.

Defense. Harvey played right field in college and has made the switch over to left field since the Mets had Jamar Hill firmly implanted at that position. He has a very good arm and takes excellent routes shagging fly balls and line drives hit towards him in the outfield. He has the ability to play all three outfield positions if called upon in an emergency but is an above average defensive player in left field.

Projection. Harvey turns 25 in December and was quite old for low-A ball. So while he had a fantastic season in 2004 for the Bombers, we have to curtail our excitement on Harvey as a budding prospect. He has tremendous ability and is a natural in the field and at the plate. However, his below average power and age hurt his overall chances of being a Major League starting outfielder someday. That said, Harvey has the look of an excellent fourth outfielder down the road. He's still going to need to hit his way up the minor league system in a hurry if he's going to realize his potential even in that capacity.

ETA. 2007. Harvey is what he is, an excellent contact hitter with good line drive power. He does not need as much developmental time as some of the other hitters in the system and should be challenged accordingly. He may begin 2005 in St. Lucie, but could earn a quick promotion to AA-Binghamton to start playing with players closer to his age. If he continues to post the same results at the higher levels, Harvey could prove to be a valuable fourth outfielder for the Mets by 2007 when he'll still be only 27 years old. Remember, he could be a late bloomer like the Pirates' Jason Bay who just won Rookie of the Year honors at the age of 26!

Outfielders

2004 Team

Victor Diaz

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Prentice Redman

AAA - Norfolk Tides

Jeff Duncan

AA - Binghamton Mets

Angel Pagan AA - Binghamton Mets
Wayne Lydon AA - Binghamton Mets
Ron Acuna AA - Binghamton Mets
Bobby Malek AA - Binghamton Mets
Alhaji Turay A - St. Lucie Mets
Jonathan Slack A - St. Lucie Mets
Joseph Jiannetti A - St. Lucie Mets
Lastings Milledge A - Capital City Bombers
Jamar Hill A - Capital City Bombers
Ryan Harvey A - Capital City Bombers
Rashad Parker A - Capital City Bombers
Caleb Stewart A - Capital City Bombers
Ambiorix Concepcion A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Corey Coles A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Dante Brinkley A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Derran Watts A - Brooklyn Cyclones
Seith Pietsch R - Kingsport Mets
Carlos Gomez R - Kingsport Mets
Joshua Wyrick R - Kingsport Mets
Jesus Gamero R - Kingsport Mets
Horace Lawrence R - Kingsport Mets
Cory Wells R - Gulf Coast Mets
Brahiam Maldonado R - Gulf Coast Mets
Parris Austin R - Gulf Coast Mets
Miguel Garcia R - Gulf Coast Mets


Comments

Two years ago, the Mets were really devoid of any real threat in the outfield among their prospects. They currently have a handful of legitimate outfield prospects, players that could become full-time starters at the Major League level. While Victor Diaz and Prentice Redman are the closest to the Major Leagues, Lastings Milledge, Jamar Hill, and Ambiorix Concepcion give the Mets a very athletic look in the future. The Mets could have a very, very good outfield down the road.

1) Victor Diaz - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Diaz, making the switch from second base to right field in 2004, looked pretty comfortable in the field and at the plate. There's never been a question about his bat (he has won two minor league battle titles), just his attitude and defense. It will be interesting to see if the Mets make the commitment to Diaz in their outfield after a very good AAA debut in 2004, or use him as a trading piece for an established Major League talent.

2) Prentice Redman - AAA-Norfolk Tides - Redman does a little bit of everything well. He can run, hit, hit for power, and possesses speed. The problem is he doesn't any one of them very well. His future at the Major League level is as a reserve outfielder.

3) Jeff Duncan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Once patrolling centerfield for the Mets, Duncan was demoted all the way down to AA this past season. With Cameron tied up for the next two seasons, and with Milledge right behind him (or ahead of him in many ways), Duncan needs a change of scenery with a new organization.

4) Angel Pagan - AA-Binghamton Mets - Pagan is developing into a very good reserve-type outfielder that can play all three outfield positions and can hit at the top or bottom of the lineup. He make very good contact at the plate, has excellent speed, a good arm, and brings good enthusiasm into the clubhouse.

5) Wayne Lydon - AA -Binghamton Mets - Lydon is all about the speed. With 227 stolen bases the last three seasons, Lydon's a light-hitting defensive player that has a knack for the stolen bases. His ticket to the Majors is as a defensive replacement and pinch-runner.

6) Bobby Malek - AA-Binghamton Mets - There's a reason the Mets made Malek their 4th round selection in the 2002 draft. Malek is a very good defensive player that possesses a rare combination of power and speed. After struggling last season after elbow surgery, Malek regained his college form in 2004, hitting 14 home runs and stealing 15 bases. Malek still has the potential to be a starting outfielder at the Major League level. 2005 could be a breakout year for Malek.

7) Ronald Acuna - AA - Binghamton Mets - A very good contact hitter and excellent defensive player, Acuna's lack of power is his downfall as a prospect. He has just 5 HRs in his last 1,441 minor league at-bats. He's a 4th or 5th outfielder at the Major League level.

8) Joseph Jiannetti - A-St. Lucie Mets - Originally drafted as a 3B, the Mets moved him to 2B back in 2002 and then moved him to the outfield in 2004. Jiannetti is a nice hitter with decent pop. He's got the potential to be a reserve outfielder or as a possible utility player.

9) Jonathan Slack - A-St. Lucie Mets - Slack is a good defensive centerfielder much in the same mold as Lydon. Good defensively, decent hitter, great speed, and not much power. He's got the look of a possible reserve outfielder.

10) Alhaji Turay - A - St. Lucie Mets - The talent is there. A good defensive player, Turay has big time power potential and excellent speed. He has 30-30 potential and is easily one of the Mets' best run producing prospects....WHEN HEALTHY! Turay has to put together a full, healthy season before he becomes an elite prospect, but he does have that kind of talent.

11) Jamar Hill - A - Capital City Bombers - Hill, with 26 HRs & 20 SBs in 2004, had a breakout season this past year and showing the promise he displayed in Kingsport back in 2002. If he can duplicate the same success at St. Lucie in 2005, Hill could make that leap into one of the better outfield prospects in all of baseball.

12) Lastings Milledge - A- Capital City Bombers - Already considered the Mets' top prospect after the Mets trade Scott Kazmir, Milledge had a very good first year of long-season baseball. Milledge does it all: power, speed, defense, hitting, etc. He strikes out a bit too much, but could learn more selectivity as he matures. Easily the top outfield prospect for the Mets!

13) Ryan Harvey - A - Capital City Bombers - Harvey certainly gets overlooked by many despite being a very solid outfielder. Harvey, the Bombers' lone All-Star in '04, does a little bit of everything. Currently, he has the look of a reserve outfielder at the Major League level but he could be a late bloomer much in the same manner Jason Bay was. He's one to keep an eye on.

14) Rashad Parker - A - Capital City Bombers - Parker's a defensive and speed replacement at the minor league level. There's no reason to expect anything else.

15) Caleb Stewart - A - Capital City Bombers - Stewart is a big kid that moves very well. He has a very good batting eye and decent power. He could develop into a Major League starting outfielder down the road.

16) Ambiorix Concepcion - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - The player formerly known as Roberto Solano, Concepcion is a five-tool talent that has the raw ability to be an elite outfield prospect for the Mets. Voted by Baseball America as the top prospect in the NY-Penn League this year, Concepcion reminds scouts of Vladmir Guerrero at the same point in development.

17) Corey Coles - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Coles had a tremendous start to the 2004 season for Brooklyn and then had a disasterous finish. At 23, he's going to have to have some success at higher levels before we get too excited about him.

18) Dante Brinkley - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Brinkley is a nice player that can do a little bit of everything. He has the look of a future reserve outfielder.

19) Derran Watts - A - Brooklyn Cyclones - Has more speed than Brinkley, a better arm, and is better defensively. But has a long way to go to become legit outfield prospect.

20) Carlos Gomez - R - Kingsport Mets - Gomez was a wide-eyed 18-year old kid playing rookie ball this past season, but has the raw talent to be a special prospect. He's got a cannon for an arm, good batting eye, and developing power. He could be atop this list next year along with Lastings Milledge and Jamar Hill as the Mets' best outfield prospects.

21) Seth Pietsch - R - Kingsport Mets - A little old for the Appy League, Pietsch is a strong kid with good power and speed. He needs to show some success at the higher levels.

22) Joshua Wyrick - R - Kingsport Mets - Wyrick, an 11th round pick in the 2004 draft, had a decent professional debut. He's a speedster with great range.

23) Jesus Gamero - R - Kingsport Mets - Has an excellent batting eye and developing power.

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