Hunter Harvey

Hunter Harvey

29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Washington Nationals
2024 Fantasy Outlook
To no one's surprise, Harvey once again spent time on the injured list in 2023. Fortunately, he only missed about 4 weeks with a right elbow strain and his health prevailed otherwise. In fact, Harvey turned in his finest season to date with career-high marks across multiple categories, including games played (57), innings (60.2), strikeouts (67), wins (4) and a team-leading 19 holds. His 0.94 WHIP was 7th-best among qualified relievers and he even got a chance to prove himself in the 9th inning with 10 saves. Statistically speaking, the 29-year-old was Washington's best reliever. His 98.3 mph fastball was still the star of his arsenal, but Harvey implemented a slider (14% usage) last season that was particularly effective against right-handed batters (.087 BAA). Health and performance permitting, Harvey has a chance to be called for more save chances in 2024 with Washington looking to take another step forward. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Nationals in January of 2024.
No issues in return to mound
PWashington Nationals
April 13, 2024
Harvey (hand) struck out two in a perfect ninth inning Friday.
ANALYSIS
The right-hander was removed from his last appearance Tuesday after being struck by a comebacker on his glove hand, but Harvey looked 100 percent Friday as he fired 16 of 20 pitches for strikes. The 29-year-old has been the Nationals' best reliever to begin the season, posting a 2.84 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 11:1 K:BB through 6.1 innings with a win and four holds in six appearances, but manager Dave Martinez has so far preferred using Harvey as his high-leverage relief ace while leaving Kyle Finnegan in the closer role.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
18
Last 10 Games
18
Last 5 Games
18
How many pitches does Hunter Harvey generally throw?
 
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What part of the game does Hunter Harvey generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-7%
BAA vs RHP
2024
 
 
-67%
BAA vs RHP
2023
 
 
-31%
BAA vs RHP
2022
 
 
-37%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2022vs Left .221 199 53 15 40 8 1 4
Since 2022vs Right .205 222 72 11 42 10 0 4
2024vs Left .250 17 7 1 4 2 0 0
2024vs Right .083 12 6 0 1 0 0 0
2023vs Left .245 105 24 5 24 2 0 4
2023vs Right .168 130 43 8 20 5 0 3
2022vs Left .179 77 22 9 12 4 1 0
2022vs Right .284 80 23 3 21 5 0 1
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2022
 
 
-30%
ERA on Road
2024
 
 
-100%
ERA at Home
2023
 
 
-39%
ERA on Road
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-37%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2022Home 3.15 0.99 54.1 4 3 2 10.6 2.2 1.0
Since 2022Away 2.21 1.02 53.0 3 2 8 10.4 2.2 0.3
2024Home 0.00 0.00 2.2 0 0 0 20.3 0.0 0.0
2024Away 3.86 1.29 4.2 1 0 0 13.5 1.9 0.0
2023Home 3.48 0.97 31.0 2 2 2 9.3 1.7 1.5
2023Away 2.12 0.91 29.2 2 2 8 10.6 2.1 0.6
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
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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
13.00
 
K/9
16.0
 
BB/9
1.2
 
HR/9
0.0
 
Fastball
97.7 mph
 
ERA
2.45
 
WHIP
0.82
 
BABIP
.394
 
GB/FB
2.33
 
Left On Base
66.7%
 
Swinging Strike
18.9%
 
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Injury makes trade unlikely
PWashington Nationals
July 26, 2023
Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic believes there's minimal chance of Harvey being traded after he landed on the injured list with an elbow strain last week.
ANALYSIS
Harvey has two remaining years of arbitration eligibility after 2023, so Washington likely won't want to diminish a potential trade return by dealing when he's injured, especially with it being an elbow issue. The right-hander otherwise would likely be the most valuable trade piece in the Nationals' bullpen with a 2.82 ERA and .607 opponent OPS over the past two seasons. The specifics of Harvey's injury aren't known, so it remains to be seen when he'll return to the mound, though it's a safe bet it'll be with Washington.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Could be available Wednesday
PWashington Nationals
Hand
April 10, 2024
Harvey said his left hand is feeling much better and he could be available to pitch Wednesday, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Suffers hand injury Tuesday
PWashington Nationals
Hand
April 10, 2024
Harvey was removed during his relief appearance in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Giants after being struck on the left hand by a comebacker, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports.
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Dazzles in second hold
PWashington Nationals
April 4, 2024
Harvey struck out four batters over 1.2 perfect innings to record his second hold of the season in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.
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Dominant start to spring
PWashington Nationals
March 13, 2024
Harvey struck out two over 1.1 perfect innings of relief in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets.
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Agrees to deal with Nats
PWashington Nationals
January 11, 2024
Harvey agreed to a contract with the Nationals on Thursday to avoid arbitration, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports.
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