New York-Penn LeagueSouth Atlantic LeagueReese Havens (photo by mrzeising)Since only 2 of the 4 teams that are normally covered in Draft & Follow played yesterday, we'll take advantage of the extra time and space to take a look at another Met prospect.Baseball America ranked (interestingly enough their rankings are done by Adam Rubin of the Daily News) the Mets Top 10 prospects prior to the season and # 8 was SS Reese Havens.
  • Havens was selected 22nd overall in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
  • He made his professional debut with the short season A ball Brooklyn Cyclones in 2008.
  • In 23 games, Havens batted .243 over 85 at bats.   He had 6 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs.   He scored 13 runs and drove in 11.   He had a 27/11 strikeout to walk ratio.   His OBP and SLG were .340/.471.
  • For 2009 Havens was promoted to St. Lucie.   In 60 games there so far this season he is batting .233 with 11 doubles, 1 triple and 9 homers in 219 at bats.   He has scored 30 runs and driven in 31.   His strikeout to walk ratio is 47/36.   His OBP and SLG are .355/.416.   In his last 10 games he is batting .267 with 1 home run and 3 RBI.
  • Tim Bontemps of the NY Post discusses Havens in going over Tony Bernazard's tenure as VP of Player Development.
  • Dewey Finn of Minor League Ball puts forth that not only is Havens a better IF prospect than Adrian Cardenas, but that he projects as a "poor man's Chase Utley." The many comments on that post are particularly heated and interesting.
  • Pedro Martinez recently hit Havens with a pitch during a rehab start.
  • In an Adam Rubin article at the Daily News, an anonymous scout is quoted as saying Haven's "swing is too long and he's out of place at shortstop."