The stalled advance of Matt Harvey

The Mets fully expect their brightest pitching prospect, 22-year-old Matt Harvey, to progress to Double-A Binghamton at some point this season. The question, for Harvey, is when.

His first professional season now two months old, Harvey has been at times brilliant and at others pedestrian. A promotion seemed imminent after Harvey went his first four starts without allowing an earned run. But the right-hander has since posted a 4.82 ERA over his last six outings at Class A St. Lucie, striking out 30 and walking 10 over 28 innings. The peripherals are nice but the results uneven, leading one Mets insider to note that “you wouldn’t want to move someone when they’re going through an adjustment period.”

A promotion will still come for Harvey at some point this summer — just don’t expect it anytime too soon.

“It’s something we’ve thought about,” general manager Sandy Alderson said. “He’s pitching well, but it’s his first year in pro ball. There’s no reason to rush a move.”

—–Follow along on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo.

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