The official start of the 2009 minor league season begins in one week and the Chicago Cubs, like…
First-Round Pick Released
Harvey was also slowed by minor injuries, which particularly plagued him in 2007 when he played in just 59 games for Advanced Class-A Daytona. He was limited that season by hamstring problems and back spasms.
Harvey made it out of Class A ball only once, earning a cup of coffee at Class AA Tennessee early in 2008.
Blessed with one of the strongest arms in the Cubs' system, there had been talk in recent years that the Cubs might audition Harvey, who pitched in high school, on the mound. But the move never came to fruition and Harvey would bat only .224 in 95 games combined between Daytona and Tennessee a season ago.
Harvey is the latest in a plethora of top-round picks to be released by the Cubs in recent seasons.
A year ago, Chicago released first baseman Brian Dopirak (second round, 2002), and in 2007 the club parted ways with the not-so fab four of Bobby Brownlie, Chadd Blasko, Luke Hagerty and Matt Clanton – all pitchers drafted in the first-round of the 2002 draft.
Harvey signed for $2.4 million in 2003.
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