Bandys' Harvey officially signs contract with O's

From Catawba to Camden Yards and from Trojan to Oriole, Hunter Harvey started his career transformation on Tuesday in Maryland.

Dressed in Oriole colors, Harvey was officially introduced as a member of the Baltimore franchise after signing his contract.

“It’s been exciting,” said Harvey of the entire draft process. “There’s a lot going on, but (this is) definitely one of the most exciting days of my life. My brother told me the other day, ‘Three years from now, you could be a junior in college or you could possibly be in the big leagues.’ So, I just wanted to start my professional career instead of going to school.”

Josh Hart, the Orioles selection at the No. 37 pick, was also introduced during the press conference.

Just like Harvey, Hart is also comes to the Orioles from the prep ranks. Hart attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga.

Harvey’s contract with the Orioles is reportedly worth $1,947,600 — the same amount of money as the suggested value of the 22nd pick allotted by Major League Baseball.

Orioles Scouting Director Gary Rajsich said Tuesday he believes Harvey has some potential when it comes to the Major League level.

“Hunter, as you can see, has a real projectable body with a very fast arm, and for an 18-year-old, advanced mechanics,” Rajsich said. “We think he has a chance to be a front-line starter down the road.”

Harvey is expected to start his pro baseball career very shortly with the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla.