Havens to 2B; Evans to AFL

reese-havens-headshot-bc-hatLast week, in the Arizona Fall League, in a move that has felt inevitable for a year now, Reese Havens began the move from shortstop by lining up at secondbase for the first time.   Havens, who, as a member of the taxi squad, only gets to play twice a week, played second in both of his games.  He’s hitting a modest .200/.294/.267 (3-for-15) with six strikeouts in four games.  As he prepared for his AFL debut, Havens told Adam Rubin, in a piece for Baseball America:

“That’s one of the main things I’m working on out here—trying to move over and get comfortable on the other side.”

“I think the biggest thing is just footwork around the bag. You’ve got to get a bunch of repetitions under your belt.”

While Havens learns a new position, Nick Evans will also try to relearn a position that of “baseball player” that Jerry Manuel wasn’t interested in determining whether he could master at the MLB level.  Evans is DHing for Surprise Monday afternoon and thus far is 0-2.

Meanwhile, at Baseball Prospectus, in his Monday Morning Ten-Pack, Kevin Goldstein writes about the struggling Jenrry Mejia:

It might just be the sheer number of Mets fans, or maybe it’s that in a
weak system there’s so little on the prospect front to root for, but
for some reason Mejia is one of the most talked-about players in the
AFL. Everyone wants to talk about the velocity, which is unquestionably
excellent, as he sat at 93-97 mph on Friday while touching 99, but what
about the 12.91 ERA after four games that includes 14 hits and nine walks in just 7 2/3
innings? Yes, at 20, he’s very young for the league, but he’s also much
more of a thrower than a pitcher, even for his age group.
His arm is a
special one, but it’s also a bit of a spectacular mess.

Emphasis added.  This doesn’t mean Mejia’s not a prospect, he certainly it, but his struggles in AA and the AFL definitely point to the fact that he needs more minor league seasoning.

There are 6 comments

  1. ravin108

    When I saw Mejia this summer in Binghamton, I thought much higher of him. His fastball consistently sat at 93-94 all day and his most impressive pitch was a sinking fastball that induced many ground balls.
    Hearing this report, I’m worried he’s just throwing his arm out.

  2. NickM

    “he’s also much more of a thrower than a pitcher, even for his age group. His arm is a
    special one, but it’s also a bit of a spectacular mess.”

    You can pretty much say this exact statement about a lot of young hard throwers as they move up the minors. Is he supposed to be a complete pitcher at age 20? No. What pitcher is? Didn’t they say the same thing about Burnett during the first few years of his career (“thrower, not a pitcher” )?

  3. stickguy

    isn’t the whole point of the minors to allow young players to learn the finer points of playing the game, and develop their skills?

    the kid is only 20, and is really now learning to pitch vs. throw. So what if it takes another 2-3 years, he would still only be 22/23 YO.

    The impatience of some fans is amazing!

    the dwight goodens of the world are few and far between.

    Heck, at 20ish Johan was becoming a rule 5 guy, then spending time in the pen trying to learn how to be a pitcher.

  4. stickguy

    also nice to see Havens going to 2B. Hopefully he spends the winter there, and becomes the everyday 2B at Bingo (where I assume he will start out?)

    Give him a good year of learning on the job, and hopefully actually staying healthy for a change, and they might have a serious player on their hands.

    And the faster they can move on from Luis, and the better prepared witha replacement they are, the happier I will be.

  5. big baby

    big meh RE: Mejia

    1.) talking about 7+ innings of sample size.

    2.) don’t think he’s seen him pitch.

    3.) failure to address finger injury. mejia never was this wild before the injury, and it’s an injury that has a large impact on a pitcher’s control. he never had issues with wildness, and he was never regarded as a “mess” when he was dominating A+ and AA before his injury.

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