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Former Mets first round pick Reese Havens retires

The second base prospect never made it to MLB.


The Mets had three first-round picks in the 2008 amateur draft, but only one player remains with the organization. Reese Havens, selected with the 22nd overall pick that year, has retired from baseball. The 27-year-old never recorded a single plate appearance in the major leagues.

Amazin' Avenue draft guru Alex Nelson praised the Havens pick in 2008, profiling him as someone with "great bat control" and "nice pop for a middle infielder." It didn't work out that way, as Havens was never able to stay healthy. He made just 97 plate appearances at Single-A Brooklyn in 2008 due to elbow and groin injuries, hitting .247/.340/.471.

In 2009, Havens had over 400 plate appearances for the only time in his career, as he hit .247/.361/.422 with 14 homers for Brooklyn. A strained oblique limited Havens to just 140 plate appearances spread across Brooklyn and Double-A Binghamton in 2010, after which he underwent surgery to treat "rib-tip syndrome." Havens said the surgery "basically snipped a part of my ribs off."

Havens was productive for Binghamton in 2011, hitting .289/.372/.455, but only posted 240 plate appearances as he was once again hampered by injuries. His production fell off a cliff in 2012, as he hit just .215/.340/.351 in 97 games for Binghamton. The following spring, Havens was knocked off the Mets' 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A Las Vegas. He fared even worse, as he hit just .237/.312/.330.