With the state of the Mets second base position, Havens, 24, could have almost walked into a starting big league gig this season. When healthy and playing, Havens has been a force at the plate. The former 2008 1st round pick, Havens has yet to play over 100 games in his 3 years in the Mets organization.
Kevin Goldstein says this about Havens: "Havens has the kind of power and patience rarely seen in a middle infielder. His quick, compact swing generates plenty of power, with some scouts seeing him as a Dan Uggla light-type player capable of 20-plus home runs per year."
Havens, known for his toughness and hard work, would be a breath of fresh air to a clubhouse labeled by some as soft. Havens still needs to prove he can stay healthy, and if he does, he has a chance to be an impact big leaguer, and a main cog in the Mets lineup.
Martinez has been a disappointment year after year, ravished by injuries. The once elite prospect, has had his status depleted not only by injuries, but by a lack of progress at the plate. Martinez is still only 22 years old, but he was recently diagnosed with an arthritic knee, explained by Toby here.
This is what Goldstein says about Martinez: "Martinez still has the hitting tools to impress. He's strong, has plenty of bat speed, he remains an impatient hitter, and multiple scouts have expressed frustration as to how few adjustments he's made since his early days."
While there is still some hope that Martinez can turn into a big league regular, the once star leveled prospect has rapidly fallen. There is just no way the Mets organization can count on Martinez right now. He must show the organization and moreover himself, that he can stay healthy and produce.