A third team All-American shortstop for the University of South Carolina in 2008, he continued to play shortstop at the beginning of his professional career. While manning shortstop for Port St. Lucie in 2009, Havens hit .247 with 14 home runs and 52 RBI in 97 games.
This season, however, the organization has moved Havens to second base in hopes of shaping him to be their second baseman of the future. Learning a new position can be a challenging task for a player, but Havens is taking the position shift in stride.
"One thing you hear people say all the time in baseball is anytime your primary position is shortstop, you can usually play anywhere on the field. (The transition) wasn't real difficult," he said.
"The main thing is just getting comfortable over there, and just the little things that come along with the switching positions. Some of the things are just more instinct things than anything else," he added.
Havens, who was promoted to Binghamton for the first time on May 15th, saw his share of ups and downs in the field for the B-Mets after playing a strong second base during 14 games with St. Lucie to begin his season.
However, Havens feels he's handling the move to second base well. He's keeping it in perspective because he knows he still has a lot to assimilate.
"I definitely still have a ways to go," he said. "I've played shortstop all of my life; this is the first year I've played second base. I'm learning every day and I'm trying to pick up things from everybody. It's a good switch, I like it a lot over there."
An oblique strain suffered during the first week of Spring Training forced Havens to begin the 2010 season on the disabled list for St. Lucie. The injury limited him in all aspects of the game.
"It's one of the main muscles that you use in baseball," Havens said. "Everything's rotational in baseball. Pretty much the only thing you can do is rest and to get back out there. I missed all of Spring Training and worked back into getting healthy."
"It's just one of those things where, it kind of stinks when it happens, but it's part of baseball and you just try to work through it the best you can," he added.
Being off schedule from the rest of the players in the organization and having the start of his season delayed was a little tough to deal with for Havens.
"Spring Training is a time where you come in healthy, ready to go," he said. "You're there trying to win a job, and trying to feel as comfortable as you can baseball-wise heading into the season."
"It was a little difficult missing time, but at the same time stuff like that happens all the time in this game. You've got to find a way around it to get back out there and play like you always do," he added.
Havens made his season debut and first career start at second base on April 30th against Fort Meyers. In St. Lucie , Havens hit .281 with three home runs and seven RBI before being promoted to Binghamton. Havens came out of his short stint with St. Lucie feeling positive.
"I think it went well," he said. "I accomplished the things I wanted to as far as getting my swing back, feeling good at the plate and defensively getting comfortable at second base."
"I was doing some of the things that I really need to work on to just stay comfortable out there…footwork around the bag, just learning the position, and trying to get better every day."
Havens began his B-Mets career with a bang. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored out of the two-hole in his first Double-A game against the Trenton Thunder.
Hitters are always tinkering with their approach at the plate, and Havens is no exception, but he's trying to get his comfort level to where it needs to be without trying to make too many alterations.
"I always have things to work on, but I'm just trying to feel comfortable up there and staying to what I do the best. Just like defense, the name of the game of baseball is, you can't try to do too much…you play every single day. You'll never learn everything in this game," he said.
When asked if he had some rust to shake off, Havens said adamantly, "No, I feel good. I feel really good."
Now reunited with his manager from last season Tim Teufel, along with several of his teammates from the 2009 St. Lucie squad, Havens has enjoyed his time with the B-Mets thus far.
"I don't have a truck up here, so I'm kind of bumming ride right now," Havens said with a grin. "But so far it's great, I'm having a great time up here."
Being a first round pick can put a lot of pressure on a player. When Havens was drafted, along with Davis, they were immediately looked upon as potential Major League starters for the Mets down the road. Davis has already made it to the show, and the Mets are hoping Havens can join him there with the shift to second base.
"There's no pressure at all," he said. "The way I look at it is that, I'm trying to do today; I don't look in the future…I mean you do because it's part of it, but I just want to play every day and have fun playing and not worry about what's going on in other places".