We continue the minors season in review series today with this year’s biggest disappointments from the Mets organization.
Reese Havens, 2B
This year was probably Reese Havens‘ last real shot with the Mets organization. At 25 going on 26, Havens has been unable to stay healthy his entire career. This year, he was finally able to stay healthy for the majority of the year, playing 94 games, the second most he’s played in a season. However, the bat that made him a first-round pick and a highly-touted prospect despite the huge number of injuries disappeared almost completely. Havens showed only flashes of what he has done in years past and really struggled.
Here is a look at Havens’ splits for the year:
This disappointing season for Havens may mean the end for his career in the organization. Once considered an almost untouchable prospect who just had to get past a few injury problems, he now seems expendable. The Mets could expose him to the Rule 5 draft this December when they try to fix some of their 40-man roster issues. Just as the Astros took a flier on Fernando Martinez, another team will likely do the same in the case of Havens.
Jeurys Familia, SP
2012 was a crazy year for top pitching prospect Jeurys Familia. After dominating in Binghamton in 2011, propelling his name to the top of many top prospect list, Familia had a very inconsistent year with the Bisons.
We’ve always known the “stuff” was there for Familia, so the real question was whether or not he can stay consistent with his mechanics and improve his command. This year, that didn’t happen. Familia walked 4.8 batters per nine, the second-worst mark in his five-year minor league career. His 1.59 WHIP was a career-high. This was not what the Mets were looking for in terms of his development.
However, unlike Havens, this down year does not mean the end for Familia in the organization. Familia, at 22, still has plenty of time.
The Mets will have to decide soon exactly where to put Familia. He doesn’t seem to have the makeup of a starter and seems like a perfect fit for the bullpen. His “audition” this month could help determine which role he starts out in next spring.
Matt den Dekker, CF
For the first half of the year, it didn’t look at all like Matt Den Dekker would even be considered for this list. However, another half-year have completely changed where he stands in the organization.
After missing the cut for the big league club out of spring training, den Dekker started out patrolling center field for Binghamton. He had a spectacular firs two months in Binghamton. He played 58 games, hitting .340 with eight home runs and 21 doubles. That earned him a promotion to Buffalo, where things completely fell apart. His strikeout rate shot up and his walk rate plummeted. Of course, his BABIP was low, which brought his average down quite a bit, but the huge rise in strikeouts and the lower walk rate is still concerning.
This strikeout problem is one that needs to be fixed if den Dekker is to have a career in the big leagues. He will definitely start the season in Triple-A next season and will hopefully start being more patient at the plate.