Saturday, Reese Havens, who had missed eight days with a stiff back, returned to the lineup, playing second and hitting second. Havens was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. The 25-year old is hitting .232/.365/.370 with 100 strikeouts against 57 walks in 85 games in his third go-round in the Eastern League. He needs to play in 12 of the B-Mets last 16 games, to match his career-high of 97 games set back in 2009 in a season. His season started late while he recovered from injury, and he’s missed time during the season with back-stiffness. For the year, he’s struck out at a 27% clip. Even while hitting for a little better average (.265/.385/.426) since June 1 he’s fanned in 29% of his plate appearances.
Havens, one of three Mets’ first round picks in 2008, might still play in the big leagues. However, the chances of him becoming an impact guy, that is league average or better over any significant stretch of time, has dropped to nearly nil.
Cory Mazzoni on Saturday: 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. I like that he struck out a batter an inning, but overall, he’s fanned just 43 in 67 innings as a starter in AA, that’s 5.8 K/9. He’s thrown strikes, as his walk rate of 2.4 BB/9 is very nice, but he’s given up just too many balls in play. He mostly works around 90-91, but can reach back to 94 or 96 suggesting that his stuff would play up in a significant way out of the bullpen where he does not have to pace himself.