Harvey, Familia represent hope for Mets

The Mets' future was sitting in the middle of the Citi Field clubhouse on Wednesday.

Pitchers Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia were among a handful of minor leaguers in Queens on Wednesday to be honored by the organization.

Harvey won the Sterling Award after a strong season at Single-A St. Lucie.

He went 13-5 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 starts between Single-A and Double-A in 2011.

"It was a lot of fun. It was a good learning experience," said Harvey, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2010. "There were some ups and downs but I think overall it was a successful season."

Harvey said he will work on getting his off-speed pitches over for strikes in the offseason. He also admitted to scoffing at working with a pitch count, but at the same time understood it was part of the game.

The righty, who felt strong after throwing 100 innings, said he's aware of some people projecting he could be called up next season. But that has no bearing on how he goes about his business.

Said Harvey: "I try not to get caught up in what everyone says."

Familia, who went 5-5 with a 2.90 ERA between Single-A and Double-AA this season, plans to pitch in the Dominican Winter league in the offseason. Given the choice, Famiglia said he'd be groomed as a starting pitcher and not a reliever.