Mets don't think Harvey is ready to thrive in big leagues

Last night in the Triple-A All Star Game in Buffalo, Mets pitching prospect Matt Harvey tossed two hitless innings, while striking out two batters.

Nevertheless, last night, in a post to Twitter, Star-Ledger beat reporter Andy McCullough said Mets officials do not think Harvey is ready to ‘thrive’ at the major-league level.

“They believe he can survive,” McCullough further explained. However, “Harvey wasn’t supposed to be called up just to survive. He’s supposed to be a cornerstone of the rotation. Hence, the dilemma.”

In 18 starts for Triple-A Buffalo this season, the 22-year-old Harvey is 7-4 with a 3.39 ERA through 98.1 innings, during which he’s struck out 102 batters and walked just 42.

“Obviously, you don’t want any of that for any one, especially a good friend,” Harvey said of Gee after last night’s game. “Just thinking about it is very sad. I wish the best for him and a speedy recovery.”

He has thrown a Quality Start in six of his last 10 starts for Buffalo.

“I want to make sure he is ready,” Terry Collins said Tuesday, according to the New York Post. “I don’t want to put a kid in a situation where he is going to fail. That’s not fair. That’s not fair to him. I talk to Wally [Backman, Buffalo manager] all the time and Wally tells me things that he thinks he’s got to work on to get better to be able to compete up here. When he tells me he’s there, then we will make a decision.”