Hunter Harvey set to add new dynamic to Orioles bullpen

Hunter Harvey poses at Orioles media day.
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By Austin Medina  

Orioles pitcher Hunter Harvey has become somewhat of an enigma since last August. 

After being called up in August last season, Harvey pitched in seven games earning a 1.42 ERA and an astounding 15.6 K/9.

Harvey made his spring training debut Monday, tossing a scoreless inning highlighted with a strike-em out, throw-em out double play.
Along with the mullet, Harvey's electric fastball wooed the crowd Monday in Sarasota. 

Hunter Harvey's 1st pitch of the spring clocked at 97 mph on stadium gun #orioles

— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 2, 2020

The 25-year old's consistent improvement would do wonders for an Orioles bullpen that possessed a 6.26 ERA before Harvey's arrival in 2019. 

When Harvey came up to the big leagues, the bullpen ERA dropped to 3.63 as his presence lightened the load for additional relievers such as Mychal Givens and Richard Bleier. 

Harvey spoke to media yesterday, showing his excitement for a healthy offseason and feeling good heading into 2020. 

Hunter Harvey discusses his spring debut and also this is what his hair looks like now: pic.twitter.com/CY6hB4BI7P

— Joe Trezza (@JoeTrezz) March 2, 2020

"I've been waiting for the fully-healthy season, and offseason, for a long time. So to finally do that and come in to spring healthy and ready to go, it's good," Harvey stated. 

Manager Brandon Hyde praised Harvey after his one inning of work Monday. 

“Hunter threw the ball good,” Hyde said. “I thought he’s right where he needs to be." 

Harvey projects as the Orioles main set-up reliever and he's projecting to make the Opening Day roster. Harvey stated that although the O's  haven't told him anything, he "enjoys getting the rush when the phone rings."