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Draft 2008
Draft Central

David Havens (Credit: Tony Farlow/MLB.com)


Biographical Data
Player Name:David Havens
Position:Shortstop
School:University of South Carolina
School Type:College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:10/20/86
Height:6'1"
Weight:195 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):03/14 - 03/16/08
Game(s):Vanderbilt University


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting Ability:Havens has improved over time as a hitter and makes good contact with a very patient approach.
Power:Excellent bat speed does generate some pop and he could hit 10-15 homers, maybe 15-20 at best.
Running Speed:He's a well below-average runner.
Base running:Very alert on the bases and armed with good instincts, he won't hurt you.
Arm Strength:He's got a plus arm at short.
Fielding:He catches the ball well when he gets to it.
Range:His range is restricted because of his lack of foot speed. Some feel he'll have to move to third.
Physical Description:Havens is really put together with a strong, athletic body.
Medical Update:He had a sprained thumb in the fall, but he's 100 percent now.
Strengths:A good approach at the plate with the ability to make solid contact; good knowledge of how to play the game.
Weaknesses:Lack of speed, which could force a move to third.
Summary:A legitimate prospect in high school, teams were scared off because of a strong commitment to South Carolina. He's improved steadily in his three years there and has evolved into a good all-around hitter with outstanding plate discpline. He may need to move to third down the road because of his lack of range, but his smarts in the field may at least give him the opportunity to play his way off of short as a pro. At either spot, he's sure to go off the board pretty quickly.