Baltimore Orioles: Power Ranking The O’s Top 10 Prospects By Excitement Level
#8. RHP, Hunter Harvey
It’s safe to say Hunter Harvey‘s development has taken far longer than the Orioles could have expected.
Harvey was the O’s first-round selection with the 22nd overall pick of the 2013 Draft. After a dominant start to his pro carer in Aberdeen, the Gulf Coast Leauge and Low-A Delmarva leading him to appear in the 2014 MLB Futures game Harvey’s journey to the majors came to a pause.
Elbow issues led to Tommy John Surgery holding him out of action until 2016. When he finally returned he was again dominant in the lower level of the minors but once called up to Double-A, Bowie began to struggle. 2019 has been a rough year for now 24-year-old as he’s posted a 5.19 ERA in 11 starts and three relief outings.
Despite the struggles, Harvey was a first-rounder, which means his ceiling is higher than nearly all prospects in the majors. Orioles fans should remain excited about his potential and hope he can find what went well in the beginning of his development.