#10 – 2B Reese Havens

#10 Reese Havens

Bats/Throws: L/R

Height/Weight: 6’1”/195 lbs

Acquired: 1st rd 08 (South Carolina)

Born: 10/20/86 (Sullivan Island, SC)

2009 Rank: 6

Why Ranked Here: Havens has the chance to be an above average offensive force at second base.  Havens’ 14 homers led all Mets infielders in 2009 and were good enough for sixth in the FSL, where hitting for power is very difficult.  Havens entered pro ball with a funky swing he had adopted in college where his hands started very low.  He’s given that up for a much simpler swing that has really started to work well for him.  In the video below of his swings from the Arizona Fall League, note how short he has become to the ball.  With his strong forearms, when he squares a ball up, it goes.  Havens also improved his strike zone control in 2009, walking in almost 13% of his plate appearances, while cutting his strikeout rate under 20%.  In the Arizona Fall League, the Mets began playing Reese Havens at second base where his range and arm have a chance to be above average.

2009: Havens finished 2009 with the same batting average (.247) as he had in the NYP the year before, thus, he was the same player.  Ok, that’s a dirty lie.  However, for the second straight season, injuries limited his playing time, as a hamstring injury cost Havens much of June and helped hold him to 97 games played.  It all seemed to come together for Havens in August when he hit .282/.386/.473 with 5 HR.  He finished up the year with a scorching end to the AFL season.

Dr. Pangloss Says: The median number of HR hit by 2B of NL teams last year was 11.5.  Havens has above average power for the position which, combined with his plate discipline will make him an above average contributor at the Keystone.

Debbie Downer Says: The Injury Bug continues to bite Havens and he never finds the fields enough to hold a starting job in the big leagues.  Or his strikeout rate balloons at the upper levels, killing his batting average.

Projected 2010 Start: Binghamton 2B

MLB Arrival: 2011