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Is the End Near for Matt Harvey?
At some point before the start of the season, the Mets' brass gathered together to discuss how they wanted to handle Matt Harvey's workload. They settled on somewhere in the neighborhood of 210 to 215 innings, already a substantial increase from the 169 1/3 he threw between the majors and minors a year ago. Now here is the problem: Harvey has been too good.
Kent Emanuel makes pro debut
Kent Emanuel made his professional pitching debut, tossing two innings of scoreless, two-hit ball for the Houston Astros’ Rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate Aug. 3 in Clearwater, Fla. Emanuel, who signed with Houston , after the Astros selected the former UNC standout with the first pick of the third round in the 2013 MLB Draft, struck out two and walked none against the GCL Phillies.
Matt Harvey still close to Chapel Hill while shining in New York
New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey is breaking out in 2013 and putting up Cy Young-type numbers in the shadow of the Big Apple. He was the starter of the All-Star Game in New York and having a career year – at the start of his career. But even with the new-found national attention, the Big League ace is not one to bury his North Carolina roots.
Colin Moran's slow start in Greensboro is misleading
Colin Moran is one of the top third base prospects in all of baseball, and he's playing in a farm system that has third base as a particular position of need. Moran has a sweet left-handed swing that should be able to propel him to the highest level of the game rather quickly. However, in roughly a month of ballgames for Low Class A Greensboro, Moran has struggled to get positive results at the plate.
Kyle Seager working overtime to conquer his fielding funk
Kyle Seager was back at third base on Saturday before the game, taking ground balls during batting practice. While Seager is always intense the moment he steps on the field, there was definitely an edge to him as he handled one grounder after another. Seager committed two costly errors in Friday night’s loss and has been in a bit of a fielding funk.
Matt Harvey pitches first complete game shutout of career
After his 106th pitch of the night landed softly in Daniel Murphy’s glove in shallow right field, Matt Harvey unleashed a fist pump just off of the pitcher’s mound. He had just notched the first complete game — and shutout — of his still young, but accomplished major-league career. Harvey completely controlled the Colorado Rockies in a 5-0 victory with a startling efficiency Wednesday night at Citi Field.
Dustin Ackley makes pit stop back at second base
Converted outfielder Dustin Ackley returned to the Mariners' infield for Monday night's contest against Toronto. Ackley was selected second overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft as a second baseman, but moved to center field during a Triple-A stint midway through this season. "A little bit of a surprise, but I've been taking ground balls ever since I started playing outfield," Ackley said.
Record 329 Tar Heels Earn ACC Honor
A record total of 329 North Carolina student-athletes have been named to the 2012-13 ACC Academic Honor Roll, announced Tuesday. The ACC Academic Honor Roll is comprised of conference student-athletes who participated in a varsity-level sport and registered a grade point average of 3.00 or better for the full academic year.
Kyle Seager Receives Touching Letter From Young Astros Fan Hit by His Bat
In the first series after the All-Star Break, the Seattle Mariners were in Houston taking on the Astros when Mariner’s third baseman Kyle Seager lost control of his bat on a swing and ended up tossing it into the stands. Seager’s bat landed on a young Astros fan named Lyle Raymond who was unharmed by the incident, but is foregoing his option to keep the bat as a souvenir.
Lucas: Ask Tyson
Clubhouse manager Tyson Lusk, Mike Fox and pitching coach Scott Forbes are three of the very, very few people who have been there for each of Carolina's six trips to the College World Series in the past eight seasons. But the trio has now been split, and Fox will have to contemplate post-Lusk life, because Tyson is moving on to a job as director of baseball operations at South Carolina.
Believing In Kyle Seager
The most intriguing aspect of Kyle Seager’s season isn’t the fact that he’s produced so well. Instead, it’s that his underlying numbers suggest he’s experiencing legitimate, sustainable improvement.
Mariners excited about red-hot Seager's future
Kyle Seager has been the model of consistency for the Mariners over the past two years, but the third baseman put together the best month yet of his young career in July. Seager hit .396 with 21 runs, five doubles, six home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 games as he raised his season average to .298. The batting average was the best of any player in the Majors in July.
Former UNC pitcher Bill Gallagher Passes Away
Former North Carolina pitcher Bill Gallagher died Thursday at the age of 52 after a bout with prostate cancer. A native of Peekskill, N.Y., Gallagher graduated from UNC in 1983 after playing portions of three years in Chapel Hill, including an All-ACC season as a freshman in 1979.
Efficiency Among Matt Harvey's Many Strengths
Among Matt Harvey's many strengths this season is efficiency. Major-league pitchers this year throw an average of 16.3 pitches per inning. Harvey throws 15.2. So while a typical big-league pitcher would have tossed 134.8 innings while racking up Harvey's 2013 pitch count of 2,198, Harvey has squeezed 145 innings out of that same amount. It is like he's thrown an extra 10 innings for free.
Cody Stubbs enjoying start of pro baseball career
This has already been quite a long baseball season for Cody Stubbs. His first regular-season baseball game for North Carolina was Feb. 15, roughly six weeks before that of most professional baseball teams. He’s still playing competitive ball full-time more than a month after the Tar Heels’ season ended with a loss to UCLA at the College World Series, and he’s slated to play instructional ball once his pro team’s season ends in September.