Hunter Harvey

Hunter Harvey

28-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2023 Fantasy Outlook
After being waived by the Orioles and Giants, Harvey was claimed by the Nationals last spring. The 2013 first-rounder opened the year in the minors, but was recalled just a few days into the season. The oft-injured Harvey pitched 2.2 innings across four appearances before suffering a right forearm strain. While injuries have wrecked the 28-year-old's career thus far, he managed to return after two-and-a-half months and stay healthy the rest of the season. Harvey recorded 45 innings between the majors and minors, his most in a season since 2019. 39.1 innings came at the big league level, with the right-hander posting a very solid 2.52 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 45:12 K:BB ratio with two wins and six holds in 38 appearances. Harvey is probably the most talented arm in the Nationals' bullpen and he could factor into the 2023 mix for saves if health prevails. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in January of 2023.
Settles with Washington
PWashington Nationals
January 13, 2023
Harvey signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Friday to avoid arbitration, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Harvey managed to stay healthy enough to make 38 appearances for the Nats in 2022, collecting a 2.52 ERA and 45:12 K:BB over 39.1 innings. The 28-year-old remains a huge health risk, but he still has a big arm and could even close for Washington in 2023 as long as he's able to reliably take the mound.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
21
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Hunter Harvey generally throw?
 
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121+
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs LHP
2022
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
2021
 
 
-8%
BAA vs LHP
2020
 
 
-33%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2020vs Left .187 102 26 10 17 4 2 0
Since 2020vs Right .276 128 31 7 32 5 1 4
2022vs Left .179 77 22 9 12 4 1 0
2022vs Right .284 80 23 3 21 5 0 1
2021vs Left .231 13 1 0 3 0 1 0
2021vs Right .250 23 5 3 5 0 1 1
2020vs Left .182 12 3 1 2 0 0 0
2020vs Right .273 25 3 1 6 0 0 2
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2020
 
 
-31%
ERA at Home
2022
 
 
-37%
ERA on Road
2021
 
 
-37%
ERA at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2020Home 2.56 1.11 31.2 2 1 0 10.2 2.3 0.6
Since 2020Away 3.70 1.27 24.1 0 2 0 7.8 3.3 0.7
2022Home 3.05 1.16 20.2 2 1 0 11.3 3.0 0.4
2022Away 1.93 1.13 18.2 0 0 0 9.2 2.4 0.0
2021Home 3.38 1.31 5.1 0 0 0 8.4 1.7 1.7
2021Away 5.40 1.20 3.1 0 0 0 2.7 5.4 0.0
2020Home 0.00 0.71 5.2 0 0 0 7.9 0.0 0.0
2020Away 15.43 2.57 2.1 0 2 0 3.9 7.7 7.7
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Stat Review
How does Hunter Harvey compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.75
 
K/9
10.3
 
BB/9
2.7
 
HR/9
0.2
 
Fastball
98.3 mph
 
ERA
2.52
 
WHIP
1.14
 
BABIP
.327
 
GB/FB
1.14
 
Left On Base
75.7%
 
Exit Velocity
82.5 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.1%
 
Spin Rate
1882 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
20.5%
 
Swinging Strike
12.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Orioles skipper Brandon Hyde created a bit of a stir in the spring when he all but named Harvey as the club's closer. Fantasy players saw 11 strikeouts in 6.1 MLB innings in 2019 and got excited, especially since he threw a combined 85 major- and minor-league innings that season. Then reality set in as Harvey experienced a sore elbow during spring camp, sidelining him until Aug. 30. Harvey finished the season unscathed, throwing 8.2 innings over 10 appearances. He didn't close, but Harvey did log four holds. He only notched six strikeouts even though his velocity was just half a tick lower than the prior campaign. Harvey's swinging-strike rate was nearly identical to 2019, with the disparity in punchouts looking like small-sample variance. Harvey has the arsenal to be a high-leverage reliever, but health obviously remains an issue. Taking a shot Harvey stays healthy and closes is justifiable.
Harvey finally had a (mostly) injury-free season, throwing 82 innings, beating the 63.2 frames he threw from 2015 to 2018 combined. Of those 82 innings, 6.1 came in the big-league bullpen, where he allowed just one run while striking out an impressive 11 batters. The bullpen is likely Harvey's long-term home, given both his injury history and his pitching profile, as he has a strong fastball and curveball but a mediocre changeup and shaky command. While that does cap Harvey's upside, the Orioles will be happy to have him healthy and pitching in whatever capacity he can. He could become a fantasy-relevant option if he works his way into the closer conversation. Baltimore lacks a proven bullpen ace, and Harvey seems to have taken to the bullpen well, seeing his strikeout rate jump from 23.7% as a Double-A starter to 31.4% in the Triple-A bullpen and 42.3% in the majors.
Harvey's brief professional career has been marred by injury, causing the 21-year-old to lose his prospect luster. Harvey burst onto the scene in 2014, posting a 106:33 K:BB in 87.2 innings at Low-A Delmarva as a teenager. He missed the entire 2015 campaign due to a right elbow strain, though. Harvey then suffered a groin injury during his return to the mound in the spring of 2016, forcing him to undergo hernia surgery. Harvey subsequently pitched in just five games before exiting with soreness in his right flexor mass. He ultimately needed Tommy John surgery in July, and could miss the entire 2017 campaign as a result. When healthy, Harvey has demonstrated a superb fastball/curveball combo, but he has pitched just 12.2 innings in the minors since the end of 2014. If he can return to health, he will be nearly 23 years of age while having never pitched above Low-A, even if all goes swimmingly in his rehab.
Working his way back from elbow issues in 2014, there was hope in Baltimore's camp that Harvey could help at the MLB level in 2015. That was not the case, as Harvey was hit in the shin by a come-backer in a minor league spring training game. He was targeting a May return, but elbow issues cropped up again. Harvey was diagnosed with a strain of his flexor mass muscle and was shut down. He tried a throwing program in July and August, but was shut down again. When healthy, Harvey has a plus fastball and he mixes it with a curveball. The Orioles say Harvey will be ready for spring training, but there is a major injury red flag after he has tallied just over 100 innings in three professional seasons. If he can stay healthy, it would make sense for Harvey to begin the season at High-A. The optimism for his moving quickly through the system has to be tempered. Thanks to his injury history, there will likely be a strict innings limit for him in 2016.
There are two major bullet points attached to Harvey’s 2014 season. The first is that he was awesome, and pitched himself into the discussion of best young arms in the minor leagues. The second is that he was shut down in late July with a strained flexor mass in his throwing elbow. Baltimore is confident Harvey will avoid surgery, but in addition to preventing the 6-foot-3 righty from possibly getting a taste of High-A before the end of the season, it also leaves a slight cloud hanging over his 2015 outlook. In 87.2 innings at Low-A Delmarva, Harvey posted a 106:33 K:BB ratio and a 3.18 ERA. Assuming he enters camp rested and healthy, Harvey could rise like a rocket through the Orioles’ system. If his changeup can develop into a useful complement to his already plus fastball/curveball combo, Harvey is someone with the ability to finish the year as the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball.
The son of former MLB closer Bryan Harvey signed quickly after the draft and logged a good chunk of innings in the rookie leagues. Harvey more than held his own at both stops, using a fastball that sits in the low-90s (he could reach the mid-90s as he continues to advance), while a curveball and a changeup serve as his secondary pitches, both of which need work. Despite his youth, Harvey seems likely to get a full season at Low-A as a 19-year-old but could become a frontline starter, if everything goes as planned with his development.
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Recalled from Triple-A
PWashington Nationals
July 22, 2022
Harvey was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Heads to Triple-A
PWashington Nationals
July 17, 2022
The Nationals optioned Harvey to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
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Back from IL
PWashington Nationals
July 10, 2022
The Nationals reinstated Harvey (forearm) from the 60-day injured list Sunday.
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Rehab moving to Triple-A
PWashington Nationals
Forearm
July 6, 2022
Harvey (forearm) will report to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday to continue his minor-league rehab assignment, Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
PWashington Nationals
Forearm
June 29, 2022
Harvey (forearm) began a rehab assignment at the Nationals' rookie-level Florida Coast League affiliate Monday, Jessica Camerato of MLB.com reports.
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