When I lived in Omaha, Ken Harvey was the teams starting first basemen. My seat was generally in the visitors dugout or on the first base line, so I got to see him up close a lot. The knock on him was that his defense was rough and he lacked power for a 1B/DH type, but he still a very good hitter. But I liked him. He was a big dude would could obviously hit, and he was a hometown favorite in Omaha since he played in college at Nebraska.
From 2000 to 2002 Harvey ranked the Royals #6, #7 and #4 prospect. After a great Arizona Fall League campaign in 2002 he made the big league club in 2003. In 2004 he would be one of the Royals better hitters and be selected to the All-Star team, though it was more based on the “Every team needs a selection” than his numbers.
In the spring of 2005 he would lose his roster spot to Calvin Pickering, and that was about it for his career.
He would get a few more at bats with the Royals, get injured, sign with some independent league teams.
It is an odd career. I always thought he got kind of a bum shake.
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