Reese Havens Retired

Reese Havens, the first-round pick of the Mets in 2008, has retired (Rubin).

Havens played six seasons in the minors, finally making it to Triple-A in 2013. He could never stay healthy, playing in only 345 games over his six years of pro ball.

He posted a .252 batting average with a .355 OBP over his career, hitting .237/.312/.330 in just 38 games in 2013.

6 comments
matt520
matt520

Toby, what was your take on Reese as a prospect?

I remember reading articles calling him, "The Next Chase Utley," shame the way the guys career went.

kyLE
kyLE

Remember being excited getting two polished college hitters and a good pitcher in that first round.....oh the perils of prospect watching, too bad havens could just never stay on the field long enough to put any stretch of good baseball together

trouble
trouble

@kyLE I know right, those were exciting times. Holt flat out dominated his first year and Ike progressed so quickly and looked like a future star. Oh, how hindsight is 20/20.

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis

I still hold out hope Ike finds his stroke again. As for Reese and Brad, how sad it is to see where they ended up compared to their projected career trajectories.

DMMP
DMMP

@Joseph Lewis It's interesting. I remember/recall back in the day that there was consideration of making Ike a pitcher (apparently he pitched some in college ball and was very good/effective.) Not at all suggesting mets should convert him however it makes you wonder if he would have been better off pitching.