When a major league team drafts a baseball player out of high school, there’s usually at least a marginal chance that the player will honor his college commitment instead of signing. The Baltimore Orioles don’t have to worry about that with their first-round pick, Bandys (Catawba, N.C.) pitcher Hunter Harvey.
Quote of the night from Orioles first-rounder Hunter Harvey: “I’ve never really been a big fan of college.”
– Ben Badler (@BenBadler) June 7, 2013
The sentiment runs in the family. Hunter’s dad, former major league closer Bryan Harvey, dropped out of UNC Charlotte after one year before taking an unusual path to the pros.
“When I left school, it wasn’t because of baseball. I left because I wasn’t too much into school,” Harvey told the South Florida Sun Sentinel in 1993.
Harvey returned home to Catawba, where he took jobs retreading tires and hauling sofas. And then, from the same Sun Sentinel article, this happened:
“Harvey’s ticket to the majors came when he was asked to pitch in an American Legion game. He pitched nine innings and lost 1-0 on an unearned run. A scout from the California Angels heard about his performance and asked Harvey to try out. He pitched impressively and was signed.”
Harvey would go on to save 177 games over a nine-year MLB career with the Angels and Marlins.
Bryan Harvey wasn’t a fan of college. He is a fan of mustaches. / AP
Hunter Harvey, who was drafted No. 22 overall, told MLB.com he doesn’t expect contract negotiations with the Orioles to take long. After all, he doesn’t have any college plans.
“I think it’ll be a very quick process because I’ve been waiting for this moment my whole life, and now that it’s here, I don’t want to mess around.”
Minor league bus trips >>>>> retreading tires.