"Whenever Reese has been healthy, he has always been able to perform," DePodesta said. "He's a natural hitter."
Havens, selected 22nd overall in the 2008 Draft, is New York's No. 9 prospect.
"Big-league hitter," echoed new Buffalo skipper Wally Backman, who managed Binghamton last season. "The issue with him has always been health. If he had stayed healthy [in 2010], I believe he would have been the second baseman for the Mets [in 2011]." source MiLB
Havens was selected with the next pick behind Ike Davis; just to compare how much time the 2B has lost, Davis missed over half the 2011 season and still has appeared in 365 (combined Major/minors) while Havens has 213 minor league games.
In a post for Toby Hyde's Mets Minor League Blog, Michael Diaz provides some insight on what he saw of Havens when he visited Binghamton in August 2011.
◦He is not a fist pumper when something good happens, not a guy to scream and yell and get emotional on a K, but even keel attitude, but extremely intense and focused.
◦Solid defender. Not flashy but solid. Will make the routine plays. ◦Strong throwing arm; good footwork around the bag on the pivot. Mobility was hampered by his health.
◦Very quiet at the plate; works the count to his favor; will expand the zone.
◦Strong hitter; ball jumps off of his bat; creates backspin and carry.
◦Above average power for his position; strikeouts can become an issue.
source Mets Minor League Blog