Though Reese Havens was drafted in the first round by the New York Mets as a shortstop in 2008, many observers thought the former Bishop England High School standout would have his best shot at the majors at a different position.
Havens apparently has made the move, as he's been playing second base and batting second or third for St. Lucie in the Class A Florida State League.
Havens, 6-1 and 195 pounds, is batting .281 with three home runs and seven RBIs in 14 games for St. Lucie. He was the 22nd overall pick in the 2008 draft out of South Carolina, and hit .247 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in an injury-shortened season last year.
--Third baseman Jeremie Tice (College of Charleston) has been an RBI machine for Lake County this season, leading the Class A Midwest League with 31 through 33 games. He's batting .279 for the Indians' farm team.
--First baseman Chris McGuiness (The Citadel, James Island HS) has been driving in runs at a rapid rate for Greenville in the South Atlantic League. He hit a home run and a double against Lakewood on Wednesday and has 24 RBIs in 33 games, ranking 11th in the SAL.
--Outfielder Justin Greene (Francis Marion, Stratford HS) is burning up the Class A Carolina League for Winston-Salem, ranking fourth in the league with a .354 batting average, second in on-base percentage (.448) and tied for second in runs scored (28).
--Relief pitcher Michael Kohn (College of Charleston) has been all but unhittable for Arkansas in the Class AA Texas League, holding batters to a .176 average in 13 appearances. A 6-0, 200-pound righty, Kohn has a 1-1 record, three saves and an 0.57 ERA.
--Pitcher Graham Stoneburner (Clemson) fared well in his first start for Class A Tampa after getting called up from Charleston. He worked six innings for a victory against Fort Myers, allowing two hits and two runs while walking one and striking out seven on Thursday.
--Pitcher Ryan Edell (College of Charleston), an eighth-round pick in 2005, was released by Cleveland and picked up by Oakland, where he is playing for Double-A Midland of the Texas League … Pitcher R.J. Swindle (Charleston Southern) came off the DL (strained oblique) for Triple-A Durham and appeared in two games against Toledo last week, allowing two hits and no runs in three innings for Tampa's farm team.