Remember Reese Havens? It’s easy to forget he is still a Met.
Havens, 26, was the club’s second first-round draft pick in 2008, a draft that was to solidify the Mets’ infield for years to come. Third baseman David Wright blasted 33 home runs that year and shortstop Jose Reyes compiled 204 hits.
The Mets were set on that side of the infield. The other side would be taken care of with a couple of college players: First baseman Ike Davis was taken with the 18th pick out of Arizona State and, four picks later, general manager Omar Minaya’s Mets snagged Havens, a big-hitting middle infielder from South Carolina.
Reyes is gone. Wright is here for the duration. Davis, despite some setbacks, is fulfilling his power promise. As for Havens?
He’s still trying to find the key to staying healthy. Havens believes he may have finally found the answer this offseason. The Mets have been down this shattered glass road before and can only hope for the best while not counting on anything. Havens has played more than 61 games in a minor league season only twice. He has never hit the 100-game mark.
The road has been tortuous. As the second baseman hit line drives during batting practice Friday, manager Terry Collins told The Post: “I know how good a player Reese Havens can be. This guy has everything it takes to be a solid major league infielder. He can hit. He can hit with power. He can hit lefties. You just have to keep him on the field.
“Last year, he came in early, hurt his back the first day and didn’t play all spring.’’
That is the story of Havens’ career. Here is some of what he has been through:
“I had a rib shaved off in 2010,’’ Havens said of a painful injury, which was diagnosed as rib-tip syndrome.
Amazin’ly, Havens is still hanging ’round
New York Post | Feb 11