Tuesday, June 8, 2010
New Englanders drafted on Day 1
By Scott Barboza and Brendan Hall
UNC righty Matt Harvey was the first player with local ties to come off the board during Monday night’s first-year player draft. The Mystic, Conn. native and former Fitch High School (Groton, Conn.) star was taken with the seventh overall pick by the New York Mets.
Harvey was originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the third round (118th overall) of the 2007 draft, but did not sign.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is a hard thrower -- MLB.com’s draft report had him at 96-97 mph this season. Last season at UNC, Harvey went 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA over 96 innings with 102 strikeouts.
Harvey also spent two summers with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League.
UConn junior third baseman Mike Olt, a former three-time All-State at Branford (Conn.) High, was the next local to come off the list, taken 49th overall by Texas in Compensatory Round A. The converted shortstop and former freshman All-America batted .318 for the Huskies and ranked second in the Big East in home runs (23).
Olt is considered an above-average power hitter. He also ranked fourth in the conference in runs batted in (76) and led the Huskies in slugging percentage (.659).