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Hunter Harvey had to show the same composure, if not more, on Thursday night during the 2013 MLB Draft that he showed in his four years on the mound at Bandys High School
The Trojan pitcher completed his long journey to his future in professional baseball after being selected with the No. 22 overall pick by the Baltimore Orioles in Thursday's draft.
"This is the greatest feeling ever pretty much," Harvey said in his first interview as a professional. "I've never felt anything like it."
After waking up early Thursday morning, Harvey waited from the start of the draft at 7 p.m. until around 9:30 p.m. for his name to be called.
Two baseball players with the first name Hunter were selected during the draft's early stages, including Stephen F. Austin shortstop Hunter Dozier at the eighth pick to the Kansas City Royals and Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe to San Diego at pick No. 13.
"This is the longest day ever," Harvey said. "I've been up since about 7:30 a.m. this morning. I've been waiting until this moment."
Harvey had an early indication from his agent, Danny Horwits, about where he would be selected.
"They had me (pick) 18 to 25 pretty much," he said. "When I got to those picks, I kept getting anxious and nervous."
Harvey joins his brother, Kris, as a major league draft pick.
Kris, a former Clemson standout, was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the Florida Marlins.
Hunter's father, Bryan, played in the Major Leagues for the California Angels (1987-1992) and Florida Marlins (1993-95), but was not drafted. He signed with the Marlins as a undrafted free agent.
Hunter credited his dad with his draft day moment on Thursday.
"Everything I've ever known or ever done in baseball, my dad has been right there," Hunter said. "Everything I've became is mainly because of him."
Quickly after his selection, Hunter was on the phone with Baltimore Orioles personnel talking about his future with the team.
"They just said congrats," Hunter said of his brief phone call with the O's. "I told them thanks for picking me."
Harvey is likely to pitch for the Class-A Delmarva Shorebirds at some point in his professional baseball career, meaning he wouldn't be too far from his hometown of Catawba.
With the Shorebirds, Harvey could also pitch against the Hickory Crawdads at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.
"Having a chance to play for any team is awesome, but it's great with Baltimore not being that far away," Hunter said. "Some people might be able to come watch me. That'll be pretty fun."View more articles in: