Prospect Harvey draws a crowd for 'pen session

Tillman, Britton, O'Day among Orioles pitchers who stayed to watch righty

Prospect Harvey draws a crowd for 'pen session

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Hunter Harvey, one of the Orioles' top pitching prospects, was among the pitchers who threw a bullpen session at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on Saturday morning.

Not only were the prominent members of the organization on hand, but several players also stayed to watch Harvey, who was in the last group, along with Rule 5 Draft pick Logan Verrett. Chris Tillman and Zach Britton waited until Harvey finished to shake his hand, and Darren O'Day, Tommy Hunter and Miguel Gonzalez also watched Hunter.

"They are engaged in the group. These guys don't separate themselves," manager Buck Showalter said of the veterans who weren't pitching, but stayed to watch. "[The prospects] are looking for an ally, they are looking for help. They want to be good." 

Harvey, who was shut down last season because of a right flexor mass strain, is a full-go in camp and is certainly on the O's radar. Showalter brought him up unprompted when talking with the media on Saturday afternoon.

"You know what's impressive? You see Hunter Harvey, a 20-year-old guy. He was pretty calm today," Showalter said. "Thought that was good to see. Didn't try to overdo it, overthrow. Pretty good."

Other O's who threw Saturday included: Dane De La Rosa, Brian Matusz, Wesley Wright, Oliver Drake, Steve Johnson, Chaz Roe, Chris Jones, Tyler Wilson, Mike Wright, Tim Berry, Eddie Gamboa and Jason Garcia.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.