From the Collection: Ken Harvey, 1b, Royals

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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.

Year Age Tm Lg AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP OPS OPS+ Awards
1999 21 KCR-min A- 204 8 41 23 30 .397 .477 1.075
2000 22 KCR-min A+ 164 4 25 14 29 .335 .411 .880
2001 23 KCR-min AA,A+ 451 15 90 31 81 .350 .398 .930
2001 23 KCR AL 12 0 2 0 4 .250 .250 .583 49
2002 24 KCR-min AAA 488 20 75 42 87 .277 .342 .807
2003 25 KCR AL 485 13 64 29 94 .266 .313 .721 84
2004 26 KCR AL 456 13 55 28 89 .287 .338 .759 96 AS
2005 27 KCR-min AAA 104 3 18 5 18 .346 .373 .863
2005 27 KCR AL 45 1 5 3 13 .222 .271 .626 66
2007 29 MIN-min Rk,AAA 35 2 9 2 7 .229 .270 .785
2008 30 KSC,OAX Ind,AAA 243 12 47 13 27 .288 .329 .840
2009 31 SML,KSC Ind 163 5 21 14 27 .374 .450 .983
4 Yrs 998 27 126 60 200 .274 .322 .733 88
162 Game Avg. 597 16 75 36 120 .274 .322 .733 88
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/29/2014.
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