I was discussing the prospect today at lunch. A few years ago, I remember Joe Janish from Mets Today asking me about him in a Brooklyn Cyclones game I had attended. He was very excited about the prospect (no pun intended) of him playing for the Mets someday soon.
In the 2010 Mets Maple Street Press (read it!), Toby Hyde writes in "Mining For Gold" that Havens was rated sixth (between Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Ruben Tejada) out of 10 prospects. The write up suggested he had hamstring problems in 2009 and was expected to start the season in Binghamton AA. (He is also a natural SS, and it was noted that he was taking up 2B...arguably the quickest way to get to the Mets these days).
The closest article online about him came from a site called "Fonzie Forever," although it was written in January, it suggested that Reese Havens was a more promising player than Ike Davis.
We've heard all this hullabaloo regarding Ike Davis (all things considered, he *is* ranked first in Hyde's list), not to mention Jenrry Mejia, this spring. Judging by today's performance, it may be wise to say that Mejia will not make the trip up north in April. I totally agree with that. He is too young and basically, I think we will be ruining a future starter's chances of being a strong starter by screwing with his mechanics in the 'pen.
Since Jose Reyes will not be starting with the team in April, all the talk about his replacement at shortstop (besides Alex Cora, a guy with one foot in the proverbial grave and the other on a banana peel, as far as injuries go) would be Ruben Tejada. I have to admit, seeing his potential down in open workouts was exciting.
I guess my point is with the shortages on the team right now, and the lack of depth at the positions (especially in the infield), why isn't Havens in PSL this year or even a blip on the map? Were his hamstring problems *that* bad?
It is just surprising to me that a guy who potentially IS major league ready, is not even a consideration for a replacement for the first two weeks to a month of regular season ball.
Thoughts, peanut gallery family?