It doesn’t look like we will be seeing Matt Harvey in a Mets uniform anytime soon. Sandy Alderson has made it clear he doesn’t think Harvey is ready for the big leagues — in fact, no one in the organization does.
Fans have been clamoring for the phenom to step into the rotation to replace Mike Pelfrey, especially after seeing Chris Schwinden struggle in his two starts. However Alderson said that ain’t happening.
“Aside from Matt himself — and I love that he thinks this way — there is no one in the organization who feels he is ready to be in the major leagues,” Alderson told the Daily News.
Alderson tempered this rather harsh assessment by adding that Harvey is “a work-in-progress who we hope turns into a masterpiece.”
Harvey is not exactly setting the world on fire in Buffalo — in six starts thus far he has a 4.80 ERA and his strikeouts are down. He is averaging fewer than a strikeout per inning while in the lower minors he far exceeded that figure.
I guess this makes sense. If he were mowing down AAA batters I would join the chorus to promote him. But that does not appear to be the case, so perhaps more seasoning is on order.
“When we bring him up, we hope to do so and not have to send him back,” Alderson said. ” This is not about filling an immediate need. This is about the long-term stability of the organization and the team.”