Alderson says Harvey is not ready to replace Pelfrey

According to Sandy Alderson, the only Mets person who thinks Matt Harvey is ready to pitch in the big leagues is Matt Harvey, Andy Martino reports in the Daily News.

“I love that he thinks this way,” Alderson told Martino. However, “When we bring him up, we hope to do so and not have to send him back. This is not about filling an immediate need. This is about the long-term stability of the organization and the team.”

Similarly, Alderson simply told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that Harvey is not ready, adding, “We have a number of options, and we’ll pursue those.”

In six starts at Triple-A Buffalo this year, Harvey is 2-1 with a 4.80 ERA, while walking 13 batters and giving up 31 hits in just 30 innings pitched.

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Matthew Cerrone: The word on Harvey has been that he needs to command his fastball better in select counts, and he must get better control of his off-speed pitches, all of which he’s struggled with so far in Buffalo. Plus, the team’s policy seems to be that guys must throw around 130 to 150 innings or so in Double-A or above before being considered for the big-league rotation. Harvey has thrown around 90 innings total. This puts him on target to be considered just after the All-Star break in July.

Meanwhile, Chris Young is rumored to be doing quite well during his rehab in St. Lucie and is on target for a possible late-May, early-June return, assuming everything continues as-is in his recovery from shoulder surgery. In other words, I assume the next time it comes up, Jeremy Hefner will be starting for the Mets and not Chris Schwinden.

It’s not that Hefner is the end-all, be-all savior. He’s not head and shoulders better than Schwinden. However, he does have a better repertoire and – right now – he’s less likely to walk guys, so I think at this point he’s the next-best option.

I’ve heard some fans suggest Colin McHugh, Dylan Owen or Brad Holt. McHugh and Holt have only thrown 100 or so upper-level innings, so I assume they’re not being ‘considered,’ among other reasons. Owen, on the other hand, though he is way, way over that limit and he’s pitched mostly well at Triple-A this year, he’s not on the 40-man roster, whereas Hefner is.




2 comments
randy88
randy88

How generous. Also glad to see him signed.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

I still think this guy has a world of potential... glad to see him signed.