Harvey Monte

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Harvey Perigault Monte

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 180 lb.
Harvey Monte

Biographical Information[edit]

Harvey Monte spent most of the first decade of the 21st Century with the Dutch national team.

Monte won the Ron Fraser Award in 1999. He played for DOOR Neptunus in 2001, when they won the Hoofdklasse title. He debuted that year with the Dutch national team, playing in the 2001 World Port Tournament, hitting .300/.364/.367. He won the World Port Tournament Best Rookie Award for his efforts. He remained with the Orange for the 2001 Baseball World Cup and hit .316/.500/.632 to pace the Dutch offense. Among those he outhit on the team were a couple former big leaguers, Hensley Meulens and Ralph Milliard. He hit .231/.333/.269 in the 2001 European Championship while the Netherlands won the Gold.

Monte was signed by the Seattle Mariners and split 2002 between the Everett AquaSox (.200/.368/.267 in 17 games) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (.123/.296/.123, 3 SB in 8 tries in 24 games). He struck out in 40 of 110 at-bats but drew 28 walks.

Harvey played for the Dutch national team in the 2003 Baseball World Cup (0 for 4, BB), 2003 European Championship (.417/.444/.583, 7 R in 7 games; 5th in the tourney in average and tied with Sharnol Adriana for 4th in slugging) and 2003 World Port Tournament (.294/.341/.353, 8 RBI in nine games).

The 22-year-old hit three home runs in 2004 to tie for third in Hoofdklasse. In the 2004 Haarlem Baseball Week, he hit .188/.278/.313. He was 0 for 1 with a walk as the backup right fielder to Dirk van 't Klooster in the 2004 Olympics. In 2005, Harvey had an excellent season, hitting .380/.406/.480 with 35 runs in 42 games for Neptunus. He was second in Hoofdklasse to van 't Klooster in average, 4th in slugging, 10th in OBP, tied with Danny Rombley for second in runs, 4th in RBI (31), 4th in doubles (11), third in total bases (82), tied for the lead with 3 triples and second to van 't Klooster with 65 hits. He made the All-Star outfield in the 2005 European Championship, won by the Netherlands, hitting .267/.433/.324 with 8 runs and 8 RBI in 9 games, playing error-free defense with three assists. Monte was the regular left fielder on the first Dutch team to reach the Medal games of a Baseball World Cup. He hit .240/.333/.440 in the 2005 Baseball World Cup and scored six runs in eight games. He was 0 for 1 with a sacrifice hit as the #9 hitter in the Bronze Medal game against Panama's Rafael Medina, a former big leaguer. Johnny Balentina replaced Monte for the later innings of the 7-6 loss.

Monte was 2 for 7 with an error in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. Moving to ADO in the Hoofdklasse campaign, he hit .291/.346/.365. He tied Percy Isenia for 5th in the league with 11 doubles but otherwise it was a drastic fall-off from 2005 in terms of production. In the 2006 Haarlem Baseball Week, he went 3 for 7 with a walk.

In 2007, Harvey Monte batted .357/.400/.486 for ADO, finishing among the leaders in average (7th), slugging (8th), home runs (tied for 5th with 3), doubles (tied for 10th with 9), total bases (68, tied with Martijn Meeuwis for 8th) and hits (50, tied for 6th) in a fine rebound year. He was with the Dutch team for a historic first trip to the USA for a head-to-head match-up with the US college national team and got three hits in their win in the finale of the 3-game set. He hit .238/.238/.381 in the 2007 World Port Tournament. He went 0 for 8 with 4 walks and 3 runs in the 2007 European Championship as the Dutch clinched a spot in the 2008 Olympics despite his sub-par work. He was taken off the Dutch team prior to the 2007 Baseball World Cup despite his presence on the team in the previous three World Cups.

For 2008, the left-handed flyhawk moved to Sparta/Feyenoord.