Chris Harvey has skipped his last year of high school baseball at Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania to join the Vanderbilt Commodore's program.
Harvey's move recalls Bryce Harper—the most famous baseball player to skip his final year of high school to expedite his college, and then professional, career.
In 2009, at age 16, Harper earned his GED and skipped his last two years at Las Vegas High School to enroll early at the College of Southern Nevada. The move allowed Bryce to enter the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft.
In 2008, a year before Harper, Levi Michael, of the University of North Carolina, and Trevor Bauer, of UCLA, made the jump. They now have company.
Chris Harvey, the 6'4", 220-pound catcher from Norristown, Pennsylvania, is hoping to be the starting catcher for Tim Corbin's Vanderbilt Commodores this spring.
Harvey would have certainly been a first-round draft choice in the 2012 amateur draft. But the road for catchers, moving from high school to the professional ranks, is often long and bumpy.
Harvey appears to have made a wise investment in committing to the Commodores for the next three years.
Experience in the hyper-competitive SEC will surely develop Harvey's game-calling skills and allow him to mature a bit more physically.
Both will come in very handy in a few years when he does finally make the move from college to professional baseball.
Rather than being a low-round selection who toils in the minor leagues for a few years, Harvey will be close to major-league ready right after he signs his contract.