Harvey is a right-handed pitcher from Bandys High in Catawba, N.C., and he has made it clear the team probably won't have to worry about him heading off to college instead of signing a contract.
"I’ve never been a really big school guy," he told the Baltimore Sun after being selected. "Everything I’ve ever wanted to do is I’ve always wanted to play pro ball."
Earlier in the week, he told the Charlotte Observer, “It’s not that I’m not good at school, it’s that I’d rather be somewhere else. If they had a baseball class, I feel like I’d be really good at that. It’s all I ever talk about. It’s my life. I never really cared much about any other thing.”
Whether he lands on his feet in the majors or on his rear out of the sport isn’t the point. Instead, it’s nice to see him speak honestly. How many people get to do that in front of the world?
I wonder how many football players might feel the way he does, too?
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