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In 2011, Harvey's first professional season in the Mets minor-league system, he split time between the single-A St. In the Eastern League with Binghamton, he went 5–3 with a 4.53 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 59.2 innings. That performance earned him IL Mid-Season All-Star honors.Harvey also pitched in the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, recording a save for the winning U. His strong pitching, plus injuries to major leaguers Mike Pelfrey and Dillon Gee, put him in contention for the fifth spot in the Mets rotation.
He previously pitched in MLB for the New York Mets after making his MLB debut in 2012.After an injury to staff ace Johan Santana and replacements to the Mets' major-league rotation failed to turn in quality starts, general manager Sandy Alderson and Mets manager Terry Collins backtracked and decided to promote Harvey to the majors, ending his stay with the Bisons with a 7–5 record and 3.68 ERA.Harvey set a Mets franchise record for strikeouts in a pitching debut (11) and became the first player in modern baseball history (since 1900) to strike out 10 or more batters and get two hits in his major-league debut.In his major league debut on July 26, 2012, against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Harvey set a new club record with 11 strikeouts while earning his first career victory.Harvey had a breakout season in 2013, being selected to play in his first Major League Baseball All-Star Game.He finished his inaugural season with a 3–5 record, a 2.73 ERA over 10 starts in which he pitched Harvey continued to garner accolades for his arm strength and control in 2013.
New York sports radio host Mike Francesa has compared Harvey to standouts like Justin Verlander, Andy Pettitte and Curt Schilling.
Harvey spent the summers of ’08 and ’09 pitching for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
Harvey was a key component of the Anglers’ 2008 bullpen, completing the season with a 0.83 ERA, the lowest on the team, pitching innings and striking out 29 of 92 batters faced.
His father was a standout athlete at Groton, Connecticut's Fitch Senior High School and attended the University of Connecticut where he played both baseball (as a centerfielder) However, he fell to the Los Angeles Angels in the third round with the 118th overall pick.
As the Angels offered only a $1 million signing bonus, Harvey took the advice of his advisors, Bill Caudill and Scott Boras, and opted to sign with the UNC Tar Heels instead.
Harvey then went on to lose his next two starts and record a no-decision in his last outing of the season on September 19.