Hey I just got caught up on the Minor League Mets blog - great stuff as always - and I was wondering to myself if Reese Havens should be moved to second base? How are most of his errors committed? And how is his range? His bat looks great so far based on the #s and we have Reyes (I'm thinking longer term) blocking him for a long time anyways. Maybe the shorter distance throws at 2B will lower the errors and give him a better spot in the scheme of the franchise? Thoughts?
Yes, I think Reese Havens will eventually move to secondbase. Jose Reyes is signed through 2010 with a very affordable option for 2011 ($11M), so essentially he’s signed through 2011. If Havens finishes 2009 in AA, and he keeps developing, he could well be ready for an everyday role by 2011. He’ll never unseat Reyes, and his skill set will play better at secondbase. His range is barely adequate for an MLBer at SS, but just fine at 2B. In the meantime, I think the Mets are right to play Havens everyday at the more difficult position – SS. By the time he reaches AA, they’ll have a chance to play him at 2B. The Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean winter leagues will also give Havens a chance to pick up more repetitions at the keystone in the coming years if in fact, the Mets make him move.
Other thoughts? I really like the Mets seven-game winning streak. Also, I took a break from beer and had a very nice Malbec from Argentina Sunday night.
Reese Havens and Ike Davis are raking at A ball right now. If it turns out that their sub-par hitting seasons at Brooklyn were aberrations and they continue to hit, how does that change their stock as prospects? Does put Davis in the top 10 of your list? Does Havens move up to the top 5?
The more Havens, Davis or any other player hits, the better a prospect he’ll be. Just to be clear, the NYP League in 2008 hit .252/.353/.365. It is not an a hitter’s league. Havens hit .247/.340/.471 in 23 injury marred games. Davis, on the other hand, played in 58 of the Cyclones 75 games and hit .256/.326/.326.
In doing my rankings over the winter, I gave Havens, who was hurt much of the time, the benefit of the doubt based on fairly strong reviews from scouts and his own solid power numbers. Davis, on the other hand, struggled mechanically, and drew more mixed reviews from the scouting community and that dropped him in my estimation.
As far as moving up, yeah sure. If Niese picks up enough big league eligibility to lose his rookie status, that alone would put Havens in the top five. And if Havens keeps hitting, his readiness could jump him over Mejia. In Davis’s case, a move into the top ten is also likely. Parnell will have the big league time to drop off, that takes Davis to #13. Right now, I’d put Davis ahead of Gee, Kunz, Rustich, probably Moviel and Pena, placing him squarely in the back half of the top 10.
By the way, I don’t like to publish lots of short-term updates to my top prospects because I feel that I’m too swayed by recent events. However, I plan to do a top prospects update right before the draft, near the midpoint of the minor league season.