06/03/2003 2:59 PM ET
Cubs select Ryan Harvey in first round of Draft
The Chicago Cubs today selected Dunedin (FL) High School outfielder Ryan Michael Harvey with the sixth selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft.
|Chicago Cubs Media Relations Office
This season, the right-handed batter hit .463 (19-41) with 10 extra-base hits, 19 runs scored and 14 RBI. He missed Dunedin's first 17 games while recovering from a knee injury -- but returned in time to set a school record for career runs scored (110).
Harvey hails from the same high school as Cubs Vice
President/General Manager Jim Hendry, who graduated from Dunedin High School in 1973.
The outfielder was considered a top-10 draft pick as early as his junior year due to his power and athleticism. During his junior season, he batted .385 with 7 homers and 40 RBI - and went 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA in 13
"We're excited to get a five-tool player with raw power," said John Stockstill, the Cubs director of scouting. "He has size and strength.
"We picked him over the college players because we just felt that he has a very high ceiling ... in this draft, we felt Ryan was above the college players. He's the guy that we think is going to be a great player."
Harvey began attracting national attention after winning the Diamond Skills competition for the 12-year-old division at the 1997 All-Star Game in Cleveland. Two years later, he won the 14-year-old division at Boston's
In its June 22 issue, Baseball America ranked Harvey the third-best position player. The publication ranked his arm strength as the best among high school position players and ranked him second in the categories of five-tool talent and power hitting.
According to Baseball America, "Harvey runs well and is a potential Gold Glove right fielder ... Some scouts say he has the best overall package
of tools in the nation."
As the sixth pick, Harvey becomes the highest-drafted player in Pinellas County history. His stats for the last two years at Dunedin High:
YEAR AVG AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB
2002 .385 104 37 40 7 5 7 40 7
2003 .463 41 19 19 5 1 4 14 4
Harvey's high school honors include: 2002 1st team all-state
2002 and 2003 1st team all-county
2002 and 2003 1st team all-conference
2002 1st team all-region
Ryan Michael Harvey
PRIMARY POSITION: Outfielder
Age: 18, turn 19 on August 30
Birthdate: 8/30/84 in Clearwater, FL
Residence: Palm Harbor, FL
HIGH SCHOOL: Dunedin High School
HIGH SCHOOL Coach: Tom Hilbert
Cubs Area Scout: Rolondo Pino
Cubs last 10 No. 1 picks
2003 - OF Ryan Harvey (6)
2002 - RHP Bobby Brownlie (21)
2001 - RHP Mark Prior (2)
2000 - IF Luis Montanez (3)
1999 - RHP Ben Christensen (26)
1998 - OF Corey Patterson (3)
1997 - RHP Jon Garland (10)
1996 - RHP Todd Noel (17)
1995 - RHP Kerry Wood (4)
1994 - RHP Jayson Peterson (15)
Last 10 players chosen with sixth overall pick
2003 - OF Ryan Harvey (CUBS)
2002 - RHP Zack Greinke (KC)
2001 - RHP Josh Karp (MON)
2000 - OF Rocco Baldelli (TB)
1999 - LHP Josh Girdley (MON)
1998 - LHP Ryan Mills (MIN)
1997 - LHP Geoff Goetz (NYM)
1996 - RHP Seth Greisinger (DET)
1995 - OF Jaime Jones (FLA)
1994 - OF McKay Christenson (CAL)