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Hunter Harvey Throws At Orioles' Minicamp

January 9, 2018
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hunter Harvey threw for the first time at Orioles' minicamp Jan. 9. The 23-year-old right-hander, who was the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2013, hasn't pitched above Low-A Delmarva, but the team is hoping that changes in 2018.
 
Harvey, who missed the 2015 season with a broken leg and elbow injuries and had Tommy John surgery in July 2016, has pitched just 31.1 innings since 2014.
 
Manager Buck Showalter was delighted watching Harvey.
 
"Brings a smile to my face," Showalter said. "Think about how far he's come. … It's one thing about potentially getting a good pitcher. It's just another thing about the kid, the human being."
 
Harvey said he can't wait to get started.
 
"I feel like I'm ready to go -- body and just feeling everything," he said. "The ball feels good coming out. My arm feels good, body feels good. I'm just ready for the season to start."
 
The Orioles aren't sure where Harvey will begin the season. Class-A Frederick or Double-A Bowie are possibilities.
 
"I haven't really thought about that," Harvey said. "I'm just trying to get ready for spring and hopefully have a good spring."
 
Harvey's plight will be compared with Dylan Bundy's. Bundy, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2011, underwent Tommy John surgery in 2013. Bundy didn't make it to the big leagues to stay until 2016, and he had to make the club that year because he was out of options.
 
Harvey was placed on the 40-man roster for the first time this winter, meaning he has three options remaining. 

He'll be watched carefully, though Showalter wouldn't say that he's under a strict innings limit. The most innings Harvey has thrown as a professional is 87.2 with Delmarva in 2014, when an elbow injury truncated his season in July.

"You see the caution we took with Dylan," Showalter said. "It's what your eyes and your ears tell you, because you can't get anybody medically or even trainers to say, 'Here's exactly what you do.' It's too much of a moving target, so we'll see happens. The hitters will tell us. He will tell us."
 
It's going to be vital that Harvey not rush to make up for lost time, and he knows that's a possibility.
 
"Maybe a little bit, but even just not playing the last couple of years, I still feel like I learned stuff," Harvey said. "I sat down here watching baseball for seven months, so every day I was still trying to pick something up and learn something … not pitching for three years is tough, but I do feel like I've learned a little bit."
 
Showalter said he's eager to look at Harvey when spring training begins Feb. 13.
 
"I think we'll have a pretty good feel for where he is in the spring," Showalter said. "He'll get some innings here. …

"He's a pitcher. He's a normal, regular pitcher in the spring, and we're going to treat him as such. He's been through everything he needs to be. He's where he needs to be."
 
NOTE: Besides Harvey, left-handers Luis Gonzalez and Joely Rodriguez and right-handers Lucas Long and Yefry Ramirez threw on the second day of minicamp.