JUPITER, Fla. -- They may have expected the news, but that did not make it any less disappointing for Mets top pitching prospects Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia. Harvey and Familia were among 11 players in the first round of cuts from big league camp Thursday morning.
"I'm not happy about it," Harvey said. "But I can't make the decision, so I'm going to go out there wherever I'm throwing and do the best I can, and keep working and try to get to the level I want to be at."
In addition to Harvey and Familia -- who are ranked Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, by MLB.com on the Mets' Top 20 Prospects list -- the club cut pitchers Jenrry Mejia, Armando Rodriguez, Josh Stinson and Robert Carson, infielders Wilmer Flores, Reese Havens, Zach Lutz and Valentino Pascucci, and outfielders Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker. Mejia, Havens and Nieuwenhuis all might have stuck around longer if not for injuries.
There were never any such expectations for Harvey or Familia, considering how conservative the Mets plan to be with their top pitching prospects. Along with fellow right-hander Zack Wheeler, who was not in big league camp, Harvey and Familia represent the team's brightest hopes for a quick return to consistent success.
"The future's really bright," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Harvey, who is not on the 40-man roster, will still appear in Grapefruit League games going forward, when the Mets need to borrow players from Minor League camp. By rule, they cannot borrow Familia, who has been with the organization longer and is thus on the 40-man. Both players figure to start this season at Double-A Binghamton.