BOSTON—The Orioles have called up Hunter Harvey, their top draft choice in 2013, from Triple-A Norfolk.
Harvey, whose career has been riddled with injuries, has finally had a season when he’s healthy, and the Orioles decided to promote the right-handed pitcher on Saturday.
After struggling as a starter for Double-A Bowie, Harvey was moved to the bullpen and pitched well for the Baysox. Harvey was promoted to Norfolk, and in 12 relief appearances, he is 1-1 with a 4.32 ERA. He has struck out 22 in 16 2/3 innings, walked five and allowed two home runs. His WHIP is 1.080.
Harvey was the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 draft, and in 2014 threw 87 2/3 innings, his most as a professional, for Low-A Delmarva before he was shut down in late July with a forearm injury.
He missed the 2015 season with injuries, and pitched just 12 2/3 innings in 2016 before undergoing Tommy John surgery in July.
Harvey had nine starts for Bowie in 2018 but suffered a shoulder injury in June when trying to elude a foul ball in the dugout, an injury that ended his season.
Harvey was called up for three games in April 2018 but wasn’t used.
He’ll wear No. 56 and will become the 54th player used by the Orioles this season. They’ve already used 36 pitchers.