Reese Havens, a former South Carolina star and first-round draft pick of the New York Mets in 2008, has retired from professional baseball, ESPN reported today.
Havens, 27, never made it to Major League Baseball despite being the No. 22 overall pick in 2008 after stellar careers at USC and Bishop England High School.
The oft-injured Havens batted .252 in 345 minor-league games over six seasons, with 43 home runs and 157 runs batted in. Last season at Class AAAA Las Vegas, he hit .237 with one homer and eight RBI in 38 games.
During his career, Havens dealt with injuries to his elbow, groin, oblique, ribs and back.
Havens told WCIV-TV that he will be a coach at Bishop England.