Time has all but run out for New York Mets prospect Reese Havens. Once considered the second baseman of the future for the Mets after being drafted in the first round in 2008, Havens appears to be down to his last chance with the Mets heading into spring training.
Havens has suffered a slew of injuries throughout his minor league career, turning great promise into great disappointment.
The most games he’s played in a single season is 97, and that was in 2009, his first full season in the organization. His injuries have stunted his development and kept him from advancing past AA, where he has spent a majority of the past three seasons.
Without regular playing time and a substantial amount of at bats year after year, Havens’ advanced plate discipline and solid power have become overshadowed by a high strike out rate and a declining on-base percentage. Havens’ stock as a prospect has continued to plummet, as his age increases while questions about whether or not he can stay healthy remain.
Now at age 26, Havens is down to his last strike, at least with the Mets.
With a numbers crunch on the Mets 40-man roster inevitable at the end of spring training, Havens is certainly on the chopping block, and will likely be designated for assignment when the Mets need to add a few guys on minor league contracts to their opening day roster.
The only thing that can save Havens’ future with the organization would be a dynamite performance this spring. Havens would have to prove that he’s healthy, could still be a useful and productive player, and that he would be able to contribute at the major league level in the near future.
Even with all that, the Mets may have no choice but to expose Havens to waivers, where they would risk losing him.
Despite the long injury history, Havens still carries the weight of being a first round draft pick, and is still considered a prospect with big-league talent and potential, making it unlikely that 29 teams would all pass up the opportunity to claim him. So, barring something unforeseen, this spring appears to be the last go-around for Havens, whose career with the Mets seems destined to end soon, and with great disappointment.