Prospect Watch: Reese Havens – SS

An article by posted on March 6, 2009

Mets Get A Peak Into Their Future!

In todays game against the Cardinals, the Mets will get a look at 2008 first round draft pick, Reese Havens.

Havens will be playing shortstop and batting ninth.

Adam Rubin of the Daily News and frequent contributor to Baseball America, writes a short bio on him today.

He was drafted out of high school by the Red Sox, but passed despite a $1.35 million signing bonus offer. In college, Havens hit .259 as a freshman and .274 as a sophomore. He then took off after shortening his swing under the tutelage of Mike Roberts while hitting .315 in the prestigious wood-bat Cape Cod League. Havens hit .359 with 18 homers and 57 RBI in 63 games his junior year with the Gamecocks. A grinder, Havens is the type of player the Mets need at the big-league level, and has been compared to Daniel Murphy for his grit. He should have moderate power and an above average on-base percentage. Cutting down his strikeout totals (27 in 85 at-bats with Brooklyn) will be important. Havens has an average arm and range. He did not need any medical procedure to address the elbow difficulties. Havens will stick at shortstop for now, but he’s projected to be an offensive second baseman once he reaches the majors. He should begin the 2009 season at high Class A St. Lucie.

MWOB recently profiled Havens and wrote the following:

Reese signed for a little over $1.4 million. He doesn’t quite have the pop of Ike Davis, but he sent three more over the wall than Ike. His slugging percentage was .471 even though his batting average was a few points less than Davis. Reese will be more of a gap hitter. The Mets didn’t see a lot from him defensively, as groin and elbow problems limited him to DH. There are some that think his foot speed and first step quickness will not be adequate to stick at short and a move to second will be in his future. But since he wasn’t given much of a chance to show his stuff this year, the Mets will give him an opportunity to field the position next year. At least he has no less range than Mets super prospect Wilmer Flores. He does have great makeup and has the intangibles to succeed whereever he is placed.

It seems as though his future does lie at second base and he could potentially be the heir apparent to Luis Castillo, although it may be too premature to make that assertion.

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