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Reese Havens, the first-round pick of the Mets in 2008, has retired (Rubin).

Havens played six seasons in the minors, finally making it to Triple-A in 2013. He could never stay healthy, playing in only 345 games over his six years of pro ball.

He posted a .252 batting average with a .355 OBP over his career, hitting .237/.312/.330 in just 38 games in 2013.

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It's been a rough few days for the first-rounders from the 2008 draft class who are not Ike Davis. Friday, Reese Havens, the 22nd overall pick in 2008, was put on waivers and cleared allowing the Mets to remove him from the 40-man roster but keep him in the organization. Saturday morning, Brad Holt (pictured), the 33rd overall pick was released.

In parts of three seasons in AA (his age 23, 24 and 25 seasons), the 26-year old has hit .255/.357/.422. However, his numbers have declined every year from a 1.062 OPS in 18 games in 2010 to an .827 OPS in 2011 to a .691 OPS in 94 games in 2012 when he hit .215/.340/.351 and struck out 113 times in 94 games. He's also immobile these days. It's sad in a way how much injuries have changed his game, and what his body can do.

Like Havens, Holt's carrer had stalled at AA, where he has been working out of the bullpen for most of the last two years with modes success. In 2012, he put up a respectable 3.40 ERA in 47.2 innings with 42 strikeouts. However, he walked 13% of the batters he faced (28 of 212) and did so with an average ish fastball and a below average slider. Given a chance in AAA, he was bombed in six appearances: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. Yikes. There were at least a few teams interested in Holt when the Mets left him unprotected in this past year's Rule 5 draft, so I expect he'll get picked up somewhere now that doing so is totally costless.

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In the New York Post, Kevin Kernan catches up with Reese Havens, the oft-injured first-round pick from the 2008 draft who tells Kernan that after back injuries twisted his 2012 season, he's better than ever:

?I did a lot of flexibility training,?? Havens said. ?I did Pilates. I did functional baseball movements, I did speed work and I did a lot of core stuff. It was by far my best offseason of working out yet. I feel confident coming in.
As fun as it is to write "Reese Havens is healthy, and it's thanks to a new workout routine stories" lets look at this honestly for a moment. Havens turned 26 in October and has hit a combined .255/.357/.422 in 170 games in double-A the last two years. This is his peak. Right now. And while battling back and rib ailments the last two years, he has not conquered AA. He must do so before the Mets give him a shot at triple-A Las Vegas.

It would be a wonderful story if Havens can 1. finally stay healthy and 2. contribute to a big league team. I am skeptical on both counts.

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Friday: Richmond Flying Squirrels 10, @ Binghamton Mets 3Saturday: Richmond Flying Squirrels 4, Binghamton Mets 0?

Saturday, Reese Havens, who had missed eight days with a stiff back, returned to the lineup, playing second and hitting second. Havens was 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts. The 25-year old is hitting .232/.365/.370 with 100 strikeouts against 57 walks in 85 games in his third go-round in the Eastern League. He needs to play in 12 of the B-Mets last 16 games, to match his career-high of 97 games set back in 2009 in a season. His season started late while he recovered from injury, and he's missed time during the season with back-stiffness. For the year, he's struck out at a 27% clip. Even while hitting for a little better average (.265/.385/.426) since June 1 he's fanned in 29% of his plate appearances.

Havens, one of three Mets' first round picks in 2008, might still play in the big leagues. However, the chances of him becoming an impact guy, that is league average or better over any significant stretch of time, has dropped to nearly nil.

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Kevin asks:

I saw that?Havens?rode the pine well this past weekend (sarcasm intended). Where is the organizations stance with him?

Since his rough first 30 days after injury return, he seems to hae performed o.k., but he still is in AA and turns 26 this fall.

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Who plays where in AA? This became a question last week, when the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores, who had been playing thirdbase at advanced-A St. Lucie all year, and SS Wilfredo Tovar, the system's best defensive shortstop, to join Binghamton incumbents 3B Jefry Marte and 2B Reese Havens.

Tovar's easy. He plays short, as he did Thursday through Saturday before he got a day off Sunday in favor of back up Sean Kazmar.

And everyone else?

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AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 1

The first place PawSox finished off a four-game sweep of Buffalo to drop the Bisons to 37-33 and eight games back in the International League North.

Designated "bullpen answer" Jenrry Mejia certainly was not the answer on Sunday, retiring just one of the five batters he faced. He threw under 50% strikes (10 of 22 pitches overall) while giving up a run on two hits, a walk and a HBP before manager Wally Backman pulled him to avoid running his pitch count any higher. He just did not throw enough strikes, although Backman noted that his velocity was up to 96 mph. In his two relief appearances versus Pawtucket, he allowed a run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Even if he does eventually take well to relieving, he has not yet.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 7, @ Erie Seawolves (PIT) 1

Welcome back Reese Havens. In his first game outside of extended spring training of 2012, with his first swing in AA, Havens connected on a two-run home run. He finished Sunday 3-for-4 with a homer and a walk.

Havens' homer was more than enough run support for Zack Wheeler who finished off his fourth straight in which he allowed one run or fewer. ?If you're into that kind of thing, Wheeler picked up his first double-A win while lowering his ERA to 1.75. The 21-year old has succeeded on the strength of his pure stuff: Eastern League hitters have not homered off him and have just 17 hits off him in 25.67 innings for a .198 batting average against while he has fanned 30. However, his peripherals suggest strongly that he is not ready for AAA yet. He has walked 11 batters in his last 16.2 innings and for the year has walked 14 in 25.2 IP for a 4.9 BB/9 or 13% walk rate. Once the walk rate drops, then he will be ready for the minors' final challenge and its most patient hitters. However, he still must refine his command, and for now, the place to do that is in AA.

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Jenrry Mejia, who had Tommy John surgery in May 2011, threw two innings in an extended Spring Training game this week. He's on a regular five-day program for starting pitchers. Barring any setbacks, he will continue to stretch out his arm and extend his outings. How his body responds over the final steps of his rehab will determine his schedule.

Reese Havens has been playing all nine innings in extended spring training games for the Mets, and has been doing so for about a week and a half.

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Reese Havens, who started the season on the AA Binghamton Mets disabled list is currently sidelined with a strained upper left back. That's the bad news.

The good news is that he played five innings in a minor league inter-squad Tuesday. That should put him in Binghamton in relatively short order.

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- From Adam Rubin of ESPNNY after Terry Collins' opening remarks yesterday:

Collins is eager to see solid-hitting second baseman?Reese Havens, who was taken in the same first round as Davis in 2008. Havens ... will work exclusively at second base in camp. Collins said once he gets to the minors to open the year he would be exposed to other positions, too.
Havens was a college shortstop at the University of South Carolina, before moving to second base early in his professional career because he lacked the range to play short everyday. Where will the Mets have him play? Third? First? That seems to be the default. ?Patrick Flood had an amusing rant about the Mets' defense yesterday on Twitter with the Mets slated to have four former 1B in their everyday lineup in 2012.

- At Amazin' Avenue, Eno Sarris asks, Are the Mets truly Saber? It's a worthwhile read, and promises to be the start of a series, and it quotes me, which makes it doubly good.

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Reese Havens: 2B- 6'1", 195 lbs. DOB-10/20/1986

I have been asked a lot of questions regarding Mets second-base prospect Reese Havens. ?I watched Havens during my trip to Binghamton in August, and came away impressed with his ability, but still have concerns about Havens' ability to stay on the field.

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Our season review shifts to second base, the most interesting of the three positions we've covered so far.

At the big league level, Mets' keystoners put together a .663 OPS, 20th-best in all of Major League baseball. ?However, that number is dragged down by 39 plate appearances from Brad Emaus (.147/.256/.147 - .403 OPS) and 35 PA from Willie Harris (.619 OPS). The Mets of course began the season with Emaus playing nearly every day, but after that brief experiment turned sour, went with the sweeter flavors of Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner. ?If one includes only the contributions of Murphy, Tejada and Turner, the Mets' secondbase OPS rises to .688, which would have been good enough for 15th in baseball.

Second base does not appear to be an area of immediate need with some depth, and offensive and defensive minded options already lined up for 2012. ?If the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes, and if Daniel Murphy is healthy, those three players will again compete for reps with Murphy offering the most offense and Tejada the best defense.

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AAA: @ Lehigh Valley 2, Buffalo Bisons 1

SS Jordany Valdespin's throwing error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth allowed Lehigh Valley to score the game-winning run. Valdespin (.295/.320/.442 - 23 G at AAA), who was 1-4, did extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

 

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Friday, Press and Sun Bullentin beat writer Lynn Worthy tweeted that the Mets had told RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Moore, OF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens that they'll be playing in the Arizona Fall League. ?The Arizona Fall League, a finishing school for top prospects features six teams and begins play on Tuesday, October 4, and runs through a championship game on Saturday, November 19.

All four players will have to exposed to the Rule Five draft if they are not added to the team's 40-man roster before November 20.

There should be a few more players likely from St. Lucie also heading to the desert before Major League Baseball finalizes the AFL rosters, but lets take a look at the four Mets farmhands we know will be playing in October.

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@ Binghamton Mets 7, Altoona Curve 6 (12 innings)

Reese Havens hit a walk-off bomb in the bottom of the 12th inning as a pinch-hitter. ?Dude's hitting .294/.377/.449 in 51 games in AA as a 24-year old and .357/.446/.571 in 20 games in August. ?Um, yeah. ?That's good.

Some dude named "J. Reyes" was 2-5 and played eight innings defensively. ?I'm told he's one to watch.

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Altoona Curve 5, @ Binghamton Mets 4

The Binghamton Mets had their 7-game winning streak snapped by the Altoona Curve by the score of 5-4.? Altoona center-fielder Starling Marte launched an opposite field homerun to lead off the top of the ninth off of B-Mets reliever Josh Stinson, to break the 4-4 tie.

Jeurys Familia pitched five erratic innings, but showed flashes of dominance at times.? He gave up four runs on seven hits.? Familia also walked two, tossed two wild pitches, hit a batter, and struck out four.? I spoke with Familia following the game, and he told me he is completely healthy after missing nearly a month in July.

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@ Binghamton Mets 10, Erie Sea Wolves 2

Wednesday night?s battle between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie Sea Wolves paired two hard throwing left handed prospects.? Robert Carson faced off against Tigers prospect, Casey Crosby, but it was the B-Mets offense who stole the show.

Matt Den Dekker (2-4, 2 HR(11), 4 RBI) homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the B-Mets to the 10-2 victory.? The win pushes the B-Mets winning streak to a season high of seven.? Den Dekker smacked the second pitch he saw from Crosby over the left-field wall to tie the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.? In his second at-bat, Den Dekker hit yet another opposite field home run, this one a three-run shot.

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@ Binghamton Mets 6, Erie Seawolves 4

The B-Mets overcame a 4-0 hole with a five-run sixth inning powered by a three-run homer from Reese Havens,?to win their sixth straight game. ?By going 1-for-3 with a homer, his fourth of the year, and a walk, the 24-year old Havens pushed his AA line to .289/.372/.433 in 49 games in AA this year.

-RF Juan Lagares was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 13 straight games. ?He's hitting .373 (22-for-59) over his streak with three doubles, two triples and a home run for a .542 slugging percentage.

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Good stuff from Ted Berg, Wally Backman, Reese Havens. I showed up via phone too.

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New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) ?7, @ Binghamton Mets 3

What to like:2B Reese Havens was 2-5 with a double. After hitting .389/.477/.639 in his last ten games the 24-year old is up to .296/.376/.438 in 44 games in AA this year.

I meant to link to it last week, but Baseball America had Havens?on their Weekly Hot Sheet at #12 last week. The comment included this line:

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@ Trenton Thunder 8, Binghamton Mets 5

The B-Mets rapped out 15 hits, but were only able to turn them into five runs, which is impressive in its way.

2B Reese Havens was 2-4 while Juan Lagares was 2-5. ?In 17 games in AA, Lagares is hitting .389/.408/.500 while going 5-5 stealing bases. ?He stole five bases in 81 games in St. Lucie, and has already equaled that total in one fifth the number of games in AA. ?Hmm. ?I was surprised that Lagares, who has the speed and explosiveness to be dangerous on the bases, didn't run more in advanced-a, so it's nice to see him getting after it in AA.

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Binghamton Mets 9, @ Trenton Thunder 3

Matt?Harvey won his second consecutive start on Wednesday, allowing three runs on six hits. ?He walked none and struck out six.

Harvey's K/BB ratio now stands at 48/11 in 39 2/3 innings for Binghamton. Between St. Lucie and Binghamton, Harvey has struck out 140 and walked 35. ?That is a 4-1 ratio folks.

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AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Buffalo Bisons 5

Fernando Martinez smacked three doubles in the Bisons 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. ?Martinez now has five extra base hits in his last three games (4 2B, HR). ?Over his last 10 games Martinez is hitting .273/.429/.576 with four doubles, two home runs, 7 BB, and 9 K.

Josh Satin: 2-3, 3 runs scored, BB. ?Satin has a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .426 (20-47).

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@ Altoona Curve 4, Binghamton Mets 3

Tobi Stoner pitched two-hit ball over seven innings, but Josh Stinson could not finish the deal, allowing three runs on four hits in the eighth. ?Stoner allowed just two singles and an unearned run while walking three and striking out four.

The B-Mets took the lead in the top of the eighth by a Reese Havens (1-3, RBI, BB) single, plating Jon Malo.

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Ok, now that we're past the trade deadline, it's time to finish my midseason review of my pre-season Top 41 Mets prospects. ?This will be the second-to-last installment. ?Ideally, players 1-5 will run Tuesday. ?Then Wednesday, we'll take a look at the guys who at this point have likely hopped into the Top 41.

Part 6 on players ranked 11-15 is here. ?Part 5 on players ranked 16-20 is?here. ?Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is?here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

 

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2B Reese Havens has?been activated from the AA Binghamton DL. ?He was originally placed on the DL July 1 with a lower back strain that was described as unrelated to his off-season rib surgery. ?Havens has hit .250/.333/.405 in 22 games for AA Binghamton this year.

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According to Lynn Worthy, the B-Mets coaching staff has decided to skip Jeurys Familia's next start to give the right-hander rest. Here is the excerpt from Worthy:

B-Mets pitching coach Marc Valdes said Familia was going to be skipped this time through the pitching rotation. Valdes said Familia is not hurt, but the team wanted to let Familia rest.
This is the second time over the past month that Familia will be getting "rest".

Now what can we make out of this? Does he?legitimately?need rest? Is the organization being?cautious?with his innings total? Is the organization hiding a deeper issue? Should we be concerned with Familia's durability as a starter?

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Reese Havens has been placed on the double-A DL with a "lower back strain.". So it goes.
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It's Sunday, and the news of the day is at second base.

1. Reese Havens was reinstated from the Binghamton disabled list and transferred to advanced-A St. Lucie.

2. Robbie Shields is scheduled for his first professional start at 2B today for the Gnats. ?He last played second in a game as a freshman in college in 2007.

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Yesterday, for the first time, Reese Havens swung the bat in an extended spring training game, reports Lynn Worthy. ?He began swinging two weeks ago, but it's interesting that it took him that long to get up to game action. ?I'd guess it'll be at least another week before he rejoins Binghamton. ?Still, good news for the Mets.
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Where is Reese Havens? Recuperating in Port St. Lucie after off-season rib surgery.

Here's the latest.? According to Adam Wogan, the Mets Director of Minor League Operations, the team is very pleased with Havens' progress.? He's currently rebuilding his strength and participating in limited baseball drills.? Specifically, he is fielding ground balls and throwing, but is not yet swinging a bat.? The Mets hope that he will begin swinging next week, but that is dependent on his continued progress in the next few days.

 

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While the Mets are off to a strong start, the minor leaguers are getting set for their own opening day. One minor leaguer who will not be opening the season tomorrow is a familiar name to the infirmary list, Reese Havens.? According to Adam Rubin's Farm Report on ESPNNY:

"Havens was unable to break camp with Binghamton and is not expected to join the Double-A team soon."
Mets Director of Minor League operations Adam Wogan describes the issue as tightness in Havens? troublesome oblique/rib area, not an injury.

Wogan: ?He?s just working himself back into baseball activity and rebuilding that core strength. It?s probably by all accounts more just scar tissue and more the result of the surgery and needing to build back up strength there.?
 

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There was a flurry of Mets minor news over the last couple of days.? With official rosters trickling in, we can now form rotations and lineups based on who is going where.? Here are some of the most newsworthy notes:

  • Josh Stinson (pictured), who many thought would be headed to AAA, will get the ball on opening day for the Binghamton Mets.
  • Rounding out the rest of the B-Mets rotation behind Stinson will be Mark Cohoon, Brad Holt, Robert Carson, and Brandon Moore.
  • B-Mets manager Wally Backman says Eric Campbell will hit third and Josh Satin will play second base and bat fourth.
  • Jeurys Familia apparently will be headed back to St. Lucie (A+), instead of moving up to Binghamton.
  • With news that Satin will be the B-Mets starting second baseman, it reveals that Reese Havens, who would be slated to Binghamton, is not healthy enough to start the season.
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Of all the Mets minor leaguers that I have been asked about, Reese Havens name seems to come up the most. Havens has been hampered by injuries throughout his minor league career. In February, Adam Rubin reported that Havens had off-season rib surgery.? I got a chance to talk to Havens during my time in PSL, and asked him how he felt.

Havens:

"I am 100% healthy, and I have no restrictions at all."

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Reese Havens had rib surgery over the winter.? As far as I'm concerned that's good news.? Now there's a name and a successful treatment for the oblique problems that ruined his 2010 season.

Havens described the issue as "rib tip syndrome," and the surgery trimmed a rib that was rubbing another one on his side and irritating his oblique.? According to wikipedia, the first course of treatment for rib tip syndrome is anesthetic injection.

According to wikipedia, rib tip syndrome:

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Today, Project Prospect, posted their Top 100 prospect rankings. Six Mets prospects appeared on the list, starting with Reese Havens (42), Matt Harvey (48), Fernando Martinez (53), Jenrry Mejia (83), Brad Emaus (94), and Wilmer Flores (100).? Players are given grades rated on ceiling, floor, and risk.?? Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper ranks #1 overall.

Project Prospect differs slightly in their compiling of rankings.? They indicate they put a lot of value on a players floor as well as ceiling. They will be holding a chat for these rankings starting at around 9:30pm est, here.

Tags: Brad Emaus, Fernando Martinez, Jenry Mejia, Matt Harvey, Other Prospect Rankings, Reese Havens, Wilmer Flores
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Of all Mets minor league prospects, there are no bigger enigmas than Reese Havens and Fernando Martinez.? These two highly talented prospects have been hampered year after year by a series of injuries.? How important is 2011 for Martinez and Havens?

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."

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So I've slacked really hard on my position-by-position review of the Mets farm system.? Well, that and the team went out and hired a new General Manager and reshaped the entire front office, which is kind of a big deal.? I'm using these to start lining up my thinking for my overall rankings.? I want to finish the infield with shortstops and third baseman this week and finish the series the week after.

So, today we move on to second base.? Second base was a black hole for the Mets in 2010. By Fangraphs' WAR, the team's -0.4 WAR was the second-worst in all of baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.? The Mets' keystoners combined on a .269 wOBA, making their offensive contribution dead last in all of baseball. ? Since the Mets derived so little value from secondbase in 2010, it should be the easiest place to improve in 2011.

Is Ruben Tejada, who turned 21 four days before Halloween, the solution?? In 2010, while hitting .213/.305/.282, he was certainly part of the problem.? Did you realize that he hit .296/.377/.352 against lefthanders in 61 PA and an anemic .185/.282/.259 against righthanders in 194 PA?? In 2009, his OPS was 69 points better against lefties than righties in AA and in AAA it rose to 80 points before it exploded in the big leagues.? Also, while many Mets fans had understandably tuned out in September, Tejada hit .281/.354/.439 while playing everyday for the first time.? His BABIP was a healthy .321 and while his line drive rate nearly matched his other full big league months, his flyball rate of 53.8% was his highest of any major league month, while his ground ball rate of 27% was below 39% for the first time in a MLB month.? Is this all small sample size noise, or did Tejada really make an aggressive adjustment in September that helped him hit the ball in the air more?? Are more flyballs even desirable for a hitter like Tejada?

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I recently had the privilege to have Kevin Goldstein, of Baseball Prospectus, answer some of my questions regarding Mets minor leaguers.

MD: Darrell Ceciliani had monster a season for Brooklyn. Does he have enough defensive ability to be an impact type big league CF?? What would you say his ceiling is?

KG: I'm going to start with a quick comment that applies to nearly all of your questions. You're asking about short-season guys, and it's such a nascent time in these players careers that we're projecting a LOT. These players can go in a ton of directions from here, many of them good, many of them bad, and we can just go on what we know. Onto Ceciliani, I wouldn't call him an impact defender, but he can play the position well, and that gives him a huge leg up, as you can't say that about most minor league center fielders. What he did offensively this year was a very pleasant surprise, and did wonders for his stock. He does need to work on his approach, as he's a bit of a pitch chaser, and he needs to work on his base running, but he can hit and I like him quite a bit.
MD: Cory Vaughn displayed an above average power/speed combination in the NYPL.? Do you feel he can continue this at higher levels of competition?

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Adam Rubin of ESPNNY reported ominously tonight that 2B Reese Havens, is in New York this week, could be headed for surgery.?? First, however, the Mets will give him "injections" to help cure his obliques which limited him to 32 games in 2010, only 18 above the A-ball level.? If the injections aren't effective at relieving whatever's bothering Havens, he'll have surgery.

Steroidal injections are commonally used to treat herniated discs in the back and relieve nerve irritation, particularly around the spinal column.? Havens was originally diagnosed, and has been repeatedly described as having a strained oblique.? Turns out, according to this recent Stanford study, "injection of steroids and anesthetic under ultra-sound appears to speed recovery and rehabilitation in professional baseball pitchers with acute side strains."

Surgery for an oblique issue seems rare.? When else is surgery prescribed for a muscle strain?? Google was a little baffled.? The top hit when I googled "oblique surgery baseball" was Johan Santana who just underwent shoulder surgery.? The only reference to an oblique in the AP story: the reference to Jose Reyes, who did suffer a strained oblique and was preparing to return to action.? The great Will Carroll, upon reading Rubin's story, responded to our own Michael Diaz (@mikedeeez) via twitter that the story was "Odd. No idea what they mean there. I'll dig into it."

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It seems like people like using the new "contact" in the upper right on the new site design.? That's cool.? I'm going to be running a multi-part mailbag this week starting with Reese Havens.? I encourage you to use the contact box over yonder.? I try to respond to most email written in coherent English pretty quickly.

Q: Anthony asked about Reese Havenss:

It seems like he was injured a long time ago. Has he been shut down for the

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