Pipeline preview: Orioles' Harvey set to face Lakewood
Righty looks for another dominant outing against Philadelphia's Class A affiliate
The last time Hunter Harvey faced Class A Lakewood, the young right-hander set career highs for both strikeouts (10) and innings pitched (seven). He led Delmarva to a 3-0 victory May 12.
Harvey, the Orioles' No. 3 prospect, will try to match that performance Friday, when he is slated to start against the BlueClaws once again. The game begins at 7:35 p.m. ET at Lakewood.
Harvey, ranked No. 94 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, was the 22nd overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft and has been dominant in his first full professional season. He enters the game with a 1.89 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings.
Delmarva will still be without outfielder Josh Hart, the Orioles' No. 4 prospect who went on the disabled list this week. But with catcher Chance Sisco (No. 8) and third baseman Drew Dosch (No. 19) in the lineup, the Shorebirds offense remains formidable.
Lakewood is led by shortstop J.P. Crawford, the Phillies' No. 3 prospect and No. 88 overall. He was selected six picks ahead of Harvey in last year's Draft and is also off to an impressive start to his professional career. Even after going 0-for-3 Thursday in the series opener (won by Delmarva, 4-3), he ranks fifth in the South Atlantic League with a .335 batting average. In 44 games this season, he has drawn 26 walks and struck out 27 times.
Crawford is joined in the BlueClaws lineup by three other players who are ranked on the Phillies' Prospects list -- outfielders Carlos Tocci (No. 7) and Dylan Cozens (No. 9) and catcher Deivi Grullon (No. 10). Even they were no match for Harvey in their first meeting. Grullon wasn't in the lineup that day, but Crawford, Tocci and Cozens combined to go 0-for-8 with a walk and four strikeouts.
In addition to Harvey, a few other pitchers ranked in the Top 100 are scheduled to start Friday, including Allen Webster (No. 38), Mike Foltynewicz (No. 46) and Marcus Stroman (No. 47). Fans can watch all three on MiLB.TV, beginning with Webster and Triple-A Pawtucket taking on Norfolk at 7:05 p.m.
Top prospect probables
Chris Anderson (Dodgers' No. 5), Rancho Cucamonga at Lancaster
Cody Anderson (Indians' No. 4), Akron vs. Harrisburg
Christian Binford (Royals' No. 11), Wilmington at Frederick
Parker Bridwell (Orioles' No. 15), Frederick vs. Wilmington
Jamie Callahan (Red Sox's No. 18), Greenville vs. Hickory
Anthony DeSclafani (Marlins' No. 6), New Orleans at Round Rock
Mike Foltynewicz (Astros' No. 5), Oklahoma City vs. Omaha
Amir Garrett (Reds' No. 19), Dayton at West Michigan
Grayson Garvin (Rays' No. 19), Montgomery at Jacksonville
Hunter Harvey (Orioles' No. 4), Delmarva at Lakewood
Kyle Hendricks (Cubs' No. 15), Iowa at Memphis
Lars Huijer (Mariners' No. 20), Clinton vs. Kane County
Jason Hursh (Braves' No. 3), Mississippi vs. Pensacola
Jake Johansen (Nationals' No. 12), Hagerstown at Kannapolis
Brian Johnson (Red Sox's No. 12), Portland at Trenton
Matthew Koch (Mets' No. 20), St. Lucie vs. Brevard County
Michael Lorenzen (Reds' No. 4), Pensacola at Mississippi
Cody Martin (Braves' No. 9), Gwinnett at Rochester
Bryan Mitchell (Yankees' No. 14), Trenton vs. Portland
Mike Montgomery (Rays' No. 18), Durham vs. Lehigh Valley
Aaron Northcraft (Braves' No. 14), Mississippi vs. Pensacola
Ariel Pena (Brewers' No. 17), Nashville vs. Colorado Springs
Zach Petrick (Cardinals' No. 16), Memphis vs. Iowa
Jefry Rodriguez (Nationals' No. 9), Hagerstown at Kannapolis
Mark Sappington (Angels' No. 4), Inland Empire vs. San Jose
Luis Severino (Yankees' No. 10), Charleston vs. Asheville
Zeke Spruill (D-backs' No. 10), Reno vs. Fresno
Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays' No. 2), Buffalo vs. Syracuse
Jake Thompson (Tigers' No. 3), Lakeland at Jupiter
Allen Webster (Red Sox's No. 2), Pawtucket at Norfolk