Orioles first-round pick Hunter Harvey to pitch with IronBirds

The Baltimore Orioles' first-round pick of this year's MLB amateur draft, right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey, is joining the Aberdeen IronBirds.

According to a press release sent out by the Aberdeen club on Friday, Harvey, the 22nd overall selection in the draft, will be the starting pitcher at the IronBirds' Tuesday home game with visiting Hudson Valley. That game is slated to begin at 7:05 p.m.

Harvey will be introduced by the IronBirds at a press conference planned for Monday at 3:30 p.m. at Ripken Stadium.

The 18-year-old hurler was selected out Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C. in June, and shortly thereafter joined Baltimore's Rookie League team, the Gulf Coast League Orioles. Though he has yet to earn a decision, in his first five professional starts Harvey has struck out 18 with an ERA of 1.35 over 13-1/3 innings pitched.

Harvey's father, Bryan Harvey, pitched for nine years in the major leagues exclusively as a reliever, with his best season being 1991, when he led the American League with 46 saves pitching for the Angles. He notched 45 saves in 1993 for the expansion Florida Marlins. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting in 1988.

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