San Francisco Giants could find gold on waiver wire with Hunter Harvey


On Friday, the San Francisco Giants took their chances on the often injured relief pitcher Hunter Harvey, picking him up on waivers from the Baltimore Orioles in the hopes that a change of odds will also lead to a change in odds.

If he’s healthy, Hunter Harvey can be a boost for the San Francisco Giants in 2022

The 26-year-old right-hander is a former first-round pick for the Orioles, ranked with the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. However, his stint with the Baltimore organization looked like nothing less than a horror movie as far as injuries are concerned. A glance at his transaction log shows everything from Tommy John’s surgery in 2016 (when he was Baltimore’s best prospect) to a right forearm strain that took away opportunities during the 2020 season. shortened by the pandemic.

Harvey also struggled with injuries in 2021, derailing his hopes of making a big impact on the Baltimore reliever box. An oblique strain, a lat strain, then a triceps strain that occurred during lat injury rehab (an event Harvey even admits he doesn’t know how it happened) limited him to only 8.2 innings out of nine games in 2021.

So there’s the hit on Harvey, the son of former MLB close Bryan Harvey. However, here’s the side the San Francisco Giants probably saw: When Harvey was in the game, he was solid. He has a 3.42 ERA in 26 career games (23.2 innings), allowing 19 hits and striking out 23 while posting a 141 ERA and 1.183 WHIP.

San Francisco is taking the risk that Harvey can stay healthy and perform well. He is not eligible for arbitration until 2023, so the Giants can seize this chance with very little financial implication.

Harvey enters the offseason with the will to do whatever it takes to stay healthy, with hopes of surpassing 10 career appearances in 2020.

“I know I can do it,” Harvey told MASN’s Roch Kubatko in that October interview. “It’s just a matter of staying healthy. This is the most important thing for me. How many years have we been talking about now? But I know I can do it, I can run out there. It’s just a matter of being able to stay healthy and pitch for a full season. It’s just a matter of keeping my body going long enough to achieve it.

If Harvey can pitch for a full season, the Giants could have clinched gold by rolling the dice on a waiver wire claim.

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