The New York Mets announced that 2010 first round pick Matt Harvey will make his Major League debut Thursday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix.
Harvey will become the eighth Tar Heel since the start of the 2011 season to make his Major League debut which outdistances Nebraska by three for the most in the country.
Harvey turned down the chance to turn pro out of high school after being drafted in the third round by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2007 MLB Draft and attended Carolina from 2008-10.
The New London, Conn., native went 22-7 in 54 appearances with the Tar Heels while posting a 3.73 ERA and the 10th-most strikeouts in school history with 263.
After signing at the deadline in 2010, Harvey made his professional debut in the high A Florida State League with the St. Lucie Mets in 2011.
In a year that saw Harvey elevated to double A Binghamton, he went 13-5 in 26 starts with a 3.32 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 2011.
Through 20 starts at triple A Buffalo this year Harvey has posted a 7-5 mark with a 3.68 ERA and 112 strikeouts.
Harvey was named to the International League All-Star team and threw two hitless innings against the Pacific Coast League All-Star team.