Time for the next installment in Peace & Glove’s ongoing “5 tweets with …” series!
Pitcher Seth Harvey was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 43rd round of the 2009 amateur draft. Lucky for Brewers fans, Seth declined their offer and returned to Washington State University for his senior season.
I didn’t ask Seth what his motivation was for returning to college for another year, but assume it was because the Angels play in what is usually referred to as the “Junior Circuit” because, other than during interleague play and postseason games played in National League parks, pitchers never have to pick up a bat.
Seth Harvey had a remarkable high school career that included winning an all-state awards in Washington as a pitcher and a second-team award as an infielder. He batted over .370 during his junior season and, as a senior, hit a cool .400 as he led his team to a Pac-9 championship and a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. Oh, he also finished with a 1.50 ERA that year.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected the 6-foot-3 right-hander in the 39th round of the 2010 amateur draft. Seth spent the last part of 2010 playing rookie ball in Arizona and all of 2011 playing rookie ball at the Brewers affiliate in Helena, Mont.
He began 2012 in America’s Dairyland, playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Appleton. In 22 games with the T-Rats, Seth compiled a 4-0 record with a 2.24 ERA and also had 13 saves. Those numbers prompted a promotion to the Crew’s high-A affiliate, the Brevard County (Fla.) Manatees.
Seth pitched in 16 games for the Manatees, going 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA. Between both leagues he finished with an outstanding win-loss record of 7-0, a 2.96 ERA, and finished off 24 games.
I tweeted at Seth to ask if he would be interested in helping me out, and he replied almost immediately that he would be more than happy to help. It never ceases to amaze me that these professional ballplayers are so willing to give their time to answer a few questions. You can follow him on Twitter at @MrSethHarvey.
Introducing Milwaukee Brewers right-hander, Mr. Seth Harvey…
TT: So what do you keep busy with in the off-season? Do you go home to WA?
SH: I do go home to Washington, to the capital city of Olympia. I enjoy the climate, as wet as it may be! To keep busy, I run clinics and individual lessons at On Deck Performance, a facility I work at. I also like to play soccer and get outdoors as often as I can.
TT: Awesome. Nice job with the 7-0 this year! Any coincidence you started the season in the land of the cheese? The BEST cheese?
SH: Thank you. It was a very fun year, and I was fortunate enough to play with a great group of guys in Wisconsin and Florida. Those wins are a direct reflection of an entire team effort and a culmination of teamwork and an expectancy to be great. I have to admit, the cheese was awesome in Wisconsin. I bug my host family to send some every now and then!
TT: Haha. We love our cheese. So what’s the coolest thing to happen to you since being drafted?
SH: Tough question, because two things immediately come to mind. The first is when I was selected to represent the Western Division in the Midwest League All Star Game. The second, and I feel more rewarding, was watching the Timber Rattlers win the championship! Although I wasn’t there, I was stoked for the team and the town, and happy that I could contribute in bringing a title to Appleton.
TT: I’ve got family in Appleton, they appreciate your efforts! Any idea where you may be starting the season?
SH: I do not have an idea where I may be starting, but I do have goals to where I want to be and plan to work hard and perform at a high level come spring in an effort to reach those goals. Control what you can control.
TT: Right on. You and Tommy Toledo had similar timelines this season. You guys get into any Words With Friends battles?
SH: Tommy is one of my very close friends so I was stoked to see him make the move to Florida with me after Wisconsin. We reserved the battles for XBOX 360 and FIFA 13. We both love that game and get pretty competitive in that!
TT: So who kicks whose tail?
SH: It’s a toss up, but I think we’ll have to crown a kind of FIFA 13 come Spring Training, LOL!
TT: Nice. You had some saves this year, too. Is the end goal to finish big-league games?
SH: I think it would be awesome to be in a position to close out games in the big leagues, but my goal right now is to be as versatile as possible and perform my best in any role asked of me.
TT: Good attitude. What’s in your pitching repertoire?
SH: I throw a fastball, 4 seam and 2 seam, along with a change-up and a slider. I’ve been working hard on developing a cut fastball for this year and plan to have it dialed in for spring.
TT: Sounds like you’re focused on what needs to be done with the right attitude along the way. I won’t bother you any more plus I need to whip my son in Madden! Thank you for your time! I’ll tweet you when I get this posted! Kick some ass this year, man!
SH: Thanks Tim! Had a great time. Wish you all the best in the new year!