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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Future Stars: CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and 2B Reese Havens, Are they ready for prime time??

(CF) Kirk Nieuwenhuis is a Mets Future Star and one of the Mets Top Ten Prospects coming into the 2012 season (ranked 7th according to Baseball America). He had undergone surgery on July 2011 to repair a torn labrum in his left, non-throwing shoulder. This was not only a season-ending injury for Kirk, but a potentially career damaging one.

Although it was not to his throwing shoulder, an injury of this sort completely stops their ability to play baseball until it is fully healed. He cannot swing, and for a player who needs more at-bats in AAA to continue his development, this injury will halt his potential MLB debut by at least a year. That means he probably won't touch a baseball field until Late July 2012, just for rehab.

Nieuwenhuis, 24, hit .298 (56-188) with six home runs and 14 RBI in 53 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season. The 6-3, 215-pound outfielder participated in his first major league Spring Training in 2011.

Will we see Mr. Nieuwenhuis in 2012?

Probably not and probably why the Mets will hold on to Angel Pagan..and look to add outfielders (IE:Willie Harris), backups that is.. If probable, the Mets would love to see what Kirk can do in September, as the 40 man roster expands.. But that might be just wishful thinking..

(2B) Reese Havens is another Mets Future Star in the making, that has had injury problems in the past and has hampered his development to the Major Leagues. The Mets even had to slow him down this off-season and not let him play in the AFL.

Havens has made the cut on Baseball America's 2012 prospect list, checking in at number nine. If the Mets and Reese had it their way (if he'd stayed healthy) he would of been playing second base for the Mets in 2011. That's why there was a Brad Emaus, Justin Turner, Daniel Murphy experiment going on at 2B this past year..

Havens, 25, spent the majority of last season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, hitting .289 (61-211) with six home runs and 26 RBI in 58 games. The 6-1, 195-pound infielder was a Florida State League All-Star in 2009.

He will probably have to move up to the AAA level before we see Reese Havens at Citi-Field. But as any player on the 40 man roster, can be called up at the Major League Level.

He will probably participate with the big club in spring training to see where he is. He might have a outside shot at winning the 2B job along with Jordany Valdespin, who is another highly regarded Mets prospect.

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