Looks as though the Mets won't have to worry about Matt Harvey, whom they chose seventh overall in last night's first-year player draft, going deep into games. Harvey, a University of North Carolina junior, threw 157 pitches in a 15-strikeout complete-game victory over Clemson this season. Scouts reported that Harvey's final pitch was 96 mph, a testament to the right-hander's strength and durability.

"It was interesting at the beginning of the game," Harvey said last night on a conference call. "I felt kind of sick. I didn't feel that great. But in the third and fourth innings, I got my legs under me, and in the seventh and eighth, I felt the best I had all night. After striking out the side in the eighth, it was pretty tough not to go back out there."

The Tar Heels appreciated the effort, but Marlin McPhail, the Mets' scout in attendance, had mixed emotions.

"You get a little nervous," McPhail said. "Quite frankly, I don't know what other word to use."

But the Mets still had no trepidation about drafting Harvey, even if he does have Scott Boras as his agent. That guarantees the Mets will be forced above slot to sign Harvey.

When asked about dealing with Boras, Omar Minaya said they have a "working relationship." He would not comment specifically about paying above slot for Harvey.

"In the past, what we've done is, we've put a price on a player," Minaya said. "And we pretty much have felt that when we want a player, we sign him.''

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Rudy Terrasas, the Mets' director of amateur scouting, compared Harvey to Mike Pelfrey in pitching style. The two also share Boras as an agent, and it took the Mets nearly six months to sign Pelfrey, who was the No. 9 overall pick in 2005. Harvey spurned the Angels' offer when he was first drafted in 2007.