Reese Havens (BARON)

Former first-round pick 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 was rarely 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.




78 comments
Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

Another awful Minaya draft pick from a terrible draft class for the Mets in 08

Jonathan Corda
Jonathan Corda

Sorry to see he did not pan out. I think we have seen less than 10 guys out of the top 60 in the 2008 draft do something thus far...

TurkWendell4Life
TurkWendell4Life

Damn, been holding him in my keeper league expecting big things. Thanks for nothing Reese.

Frankie Zapata
Frankie Zapata

Mets need a better scouting system,but they don't want to pay for tops scouts.

Michael Suna
Michael Suna

Terrible draft picks. Kimbrel went that year among many others after Havens. Crappy Minaya

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Nothing is more exaggerated, especially around here, than the value of draft picks.  For every pick that pans out, 100 fail.  You over pay for free agents for a reason, they've proven they can do it at the MLB level.  If championships were won by over-hyped draft picks, the Mets would have more championships than the Yankees.

flmetsfan
flmetsfan

Tough news to hear, but considering his recent lack of progress, it was hardly surprising.  Too many people think that every person that gets drafted will be successful.

  I think we need to be more realistic (like not banking on Mejia and Montero as future back end starters).

Pete Nabel
Pete Nabel

if it were me i'd continue to hang in there.  unless health says otherwise

John Paul Cullinane
John Paul Cullinane

That's really too bad, but at this point expected.  I was pulling for him to be our starter after Castillo.  It's worked out with Murphy, but sometimes you gotta feel for a guy who never made it due to injuries.  I am hoping he has a successful coaching career, if that's what he wants to do...

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Speaking of drafts, the 2 that have gone a long way to putting the Mets where they are are the 2007-2008 drafts. In BOTH drafts they had FIVE picks in the top 100 and here are those ten players. Kunz, Vineyard, Moviel, Rustch, Niesen, Davis, Havens, Holt, Rodriguez, and Nieuwenhuis.

Antonino Plaud
Antonino Plaud

Guys, Synder throws hard and promises a lot! Montero knows how to pitch and its ready for MLB, I hope that Mets bring both directly from camp and risk a little. Good prospects too long in minors often are spoiled.

Lets go Mets, toward the Off Season!!!!!!!!

yankeehater
yankeehater

This guy has been mediocre and injury prone since day 1. He was never a prospect, he was just a lousy pick. You don't go giving away 1st round picks just because they might turn out to be Reese Havens. You build through the draft, not through free agency (unless you are getting an under 30 year old stud....and most free agents are either past their prime or just not that great).

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

they should offer him a coaching job why not in the minors

bigdirty
bigdirty

thats why i am never against trading prospects for proven talent. Proven mlb talent is the comidity. 

BigAppleBaseballBlog
BigAppleBaseballBlog

That's why you can't put too much stock into not signing free agents to hold onto these draft picks 

Joe Kurioo
Joe Kurioo

hold up let me put that in my "who cares" book

hankincolo
hankincolo

That's a shame. I wish the guy well. This also proves once again, you need a farm system stocked with talent. You can't rely or hope a guy here or there becomes a big leaguer.

tk2120
tk2120

the mets hot stove anticipation is too intense for me....so many things happening.

Joseph Lewis
Joseph Lewis

How could you call this a terrible pick, or 2008 a bad draft? This kid had a ton of talent, but couldn't get past his injuries. It's a sad story, but not uncommon. If you've followed this team, you'd know he was ticketed ahead of Ike for the major leagues. So pay attention, and don't make uninformed comments.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Macacawitz Yeah but that's been the Mets built in excuse to not sign free agents that they obviously can't afford anyway.  Don't want to lose that 1st round draft pick that may help the team 5 years from now... or not.

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@Kevin VanTassell Mets didn't have a 1st roudn pick in 2007. Its hard to assume that past the 1st round there are guys that will prevail in the Majors.

zoddie
zoddie

@Antonino Plaud Disagree completely.  I'd rather wait until the young arms are ready.  The Mets aren't going to win a World Series in 2014 without Harvey.  Why start these guys free agency clock earlier than needed?  Montero's only had 16 starts at AAA and Syndergard has zero.

jamets
jamets

Loved the pick.  He got hurt.  It happens.

zoddie
zoddie

@yankeehaterSorry, you don't know what you are talking about. 

Day 1 (Brooklyn) - .247/.340/.471 (.811)

2 years later, split between High-A and AA - .312/.386/.592 (.978)

Those are insane #s for a 2b.  He was an excellent prospect and a good pick. 

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

I don't remember anyone in 2008 who thought he was a bad pick, back then they had bigger problems with Davis' hitch in his swing. Because his injuries we'll never know what he could have been.

rico
rico

@bigdirty you mean prospects are suspect until they prove it in the show

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

I'm hoping the Mets aren't holding on to prospects like Montero too long (like they may have with Mejia and Familia) I'd feel fine trading Syndergaard or Wheeler for a pre 30 year old slugger.

Kevin VanTassell
Kevin VanTassell

Look at the top 5 rounds in Mets draft from 2005-2010 far more misses than hits.

dabo
dabo

@BigAppleBaseballBlog He was really good just had very bad luck.  When he was healthy he had a huge upside but wow what a shame.  Completely agree that is why draft picks and "prospects" are all long shots.

Gland1
Gland1

@BigAppleBaseballBlog That's why you need to have a fully stocked farm system so you have a better chance of some of them panning out.

tommets
tommets

@BigAppleBaseballBlog I agree, but it depends. I find it that pitchers pan out more often. But I completely agree we can't have all of our trust in the draft picks.

zoddie
zoddie

@Joe Kurioo If you are on Metsblog.com and don't care about Mets prospects, you are doing something wrong.

joeknix
joeknix

@Joe Kurioo I'm sure Reece and his family cares . . . and if you are posting on a Mets blog in January  . . . I'm sure you care a little.  ;)


This kid is not a muti-million dollar bust (aka, Jason Bay) he was a college kid with a good resume out of college who got drafted in the 1st round with a high ceiling.  He also had a clear path to the majors if he could just have avoided injuries.  It's very sad for Reece and the Mets organization.  I wish him the best. 

Lee Lewin
Lee Lewin

@Kevin VanTassell and there is one viable ML after the first round between Compensation A round and Round 2 and that is Freddie Freeman drafted in the 70s. 

Hodges14
Hodges14

@zoddie @Antonino Plaud If they're ready the Mets should be trying to win.  You don't punt on a season because 1 player is hurt.  If Wheeler or Syndergaard go down this season with an injury should the team give up on 2015 also?  They already given the last 5 years away... it's time for them to act like a professional sports franchise and make a genuine attempt to win.

yankeehater
yankeehater

@Kevin VanTassell we have JUST begun to have a respectable farm again, and you want to trade these guys already? Mejia and familia weren't getting us anything. Montero probably wouldn't get us much either.....and youd have to be insane to trade syndergaard right now.

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Kevin VanTassell Isn't that typical of the mlb amateur draft?  It's a long way from getting drafted to making an impact on the major league team.

cver
cver

@Hodges14@zoddie@Antonino Plaud  I agree that these Mets are always, these last years ,looking too far ahead and not trying to both build for the future and for now.  Rubin said yesterday that the Wilpons don't feel that the team has enough potential right now - or return on investment - to invest 100mil plus on payroll.  It can't be allowed to be about that and it is one of the things that is holding us back.

And yes, sad for us and for him about Reese Havens.  Good luck to him!

Gland1
Gland1

@Hodges14 @Gland1 @sylow59 @BigAppleBaseballBlog No of course it doesn't have to be one or the other.  Obviously a lot of it has to do with the team's financial situation.  But  lot of folks out there don't understand a) how long it takes to build the farm up or b) how important it is.  I've seen quite a few posts around here from people saying that it was enough trying to work on the farm system, as if it's fixed or as if it's just an after thought. Building the farm is something that should be an ongoing consideration.  The problem is since they are broke, they can't supplement the farm system with FAs and trades where they take on salary.  

Hodges14
Hodges14

@Gland1 @sylow59 @BigAppleBaseballBlog

That would be a great thing.  However it takes years to get there from where the Mets were 5 years ago.  There's no reason (other than the owner's financial situation) why they couldn't have also concentrated on fielding a decent major league team while they were building the farm system.  It didn't have to be one or the other.