On Friday the Mets announced that they added seven minor league players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. The players that they added were pitchers Robert Carson and Jeurys Familia, second baseman Reese Havens, and outfielders Wilmer Flores, Juan Lagares, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Cesar Puello.
Prior to this move the Mets removed Nick Evans and Jason Pridie from the 40-man roster. Both players elected for free agency and Pridie signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A’s.
As the Mets continue to trim their budget, we should see some of these prospects getting a look in spring training for spots on the 25-man roster. Havens especially deserves a shot at the second base job despite his injury history. He’s probably the best second baseman in the organization right now. Also expect Nieuwenhuis to get a look at the center or right field positions in the spring. He’s coming off season ending shoulder surgery but should be ready to go in February.
The 2008 draft saw the Mets with two first round picks. Omar Minaya went after seasoned college bats who could make an impact in the immediate future. He took a first baseman with doubles power in Ike Davis. The Mets believed those doubles would soon develop into home runs. They also took a gritty shortstop with a left-handed stroke that made him a target for Theo Epstein in Boston. Reese Havens was drafted and, upon his move to second, it was said he would become the top second baseman in the system.
The 2011 Mets field a team that is set at every position with only one exception: second base. The farm system does not have a second baseman ready to seize the position. Ruben Tejada can field the position but his bat needs tuning at Triple-A. Daniel Murphy has been experimenting for a second time at second base. Murphy has proven he can handle big league pitching, but his fielding leaves much to be desired. Up the middle defense is crucial to a baseball team and especially a sinker baller like Mike Pelfrey. Eventually, Murphy’s experience at different positions could make him a nice utility player but as a regular he would be exposed. The Mets also have Justin Turner who came to the team last year but didn’t set himself apart. Continue reading “2011 Critical for Mets’ Reese Havens”
The Mets got some more bad news today. As if it wasn’t bad enough that Mike Pelfrey wasn’t able to find it again. Jose Reyes left the game in the top of the seventh after making a throw from short to first.
David Wright called the trainers out to Reyes’ dismay. He wanted to stay in the game. The oblique injury flared up on him again. It’s clear that he isn’t well enough to be playing. He’s hit right-handed against righties for the last two days.
Reyes told reporters after the game that he won’t be able to play in the All-Star game. Rafael Furcal of the Dodgers will replace him on the All-Star roster.
I’m not sure where the Mets would look if he needs to go back on the disabled list. Reese Havens is tearing it up at Binghamton but he’s on the 7-day DL there. He would have been the obvious choice to come up and play second base and leave Ruben Tejada at short. If he can’t play, I’m not sure who they’ll add to the roster.
I’m working on a post of five prospects that could make an impact at the Major League level in 2010. These players are the prospects that you should be paying attention to this year as the Mets of the future. Enjoy:
1. Reese Havens, SS/2B (age 23)
Reese Havens, in my opinion, is really one of the more underrated prospects in the Mets system. While there may be questions of where he will wind up (SS or 2B), he has a strong skill set for a middle infielder: power and plate discipline. Havens is coming off of a solid campaign in the Florida State League in which he put up a batting line of .247/.361/.422 while smacking 14 HR and driving in 52 runs. He has had a bit of an issue with staying healthy so that is going to be quite important for him in 2010, but he is easily one of the top candidates to have a real breakout year next season.
The Mets have reportedly signed one of their first round draft choices Reese Havens. He’s a shortstop from the University of South Carolina taken 22nd overall. His bonus is reportedly at slot for $1.4 million.
The Mets are also reported to be making progress with sandwich round pick Brad Holt and their fourth pick Javier Rodriguez.
As I wrote yesterday, I’m not that into following college or high school players as potential prospects for the Mets. But I do enjoy reading about the Mets picks and their qualifications. After watching a bit of the ESPN2 draft coverage yesterday and reading many draft recaps, I have to say that the best coverage of the Mets draft is available at MetsGeek.
Alex Nelson does a tremendous job of dissecting the players and their potential. He concentrates on first round picks Ike Davis of ASU and Reese Havens of South Carolina plus sandwich round pick Brad Holt. But he also goes into the perfect level of depth on the later round picks as well. Great job, Alex.
The Mets used their two first round picks today on 1B/OF Ike Davis from Arizona State Univ. and Reese Havens, a SS from Univ. of Georgia.
Check out Ben Shipgel’s column at the New York Times for more information.
I don’t get too excited about these guys because most never make the big league team. And the ones that do, typically take a few years to get there. Not much to get crazy about. I’m more concerned about this season.