06/05/2008 8:16 PM ET
Mets select Arizona State University first baseman Ike Davis and University of South Carolina shortstop Reese Havens in first round of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft
Pick University of North Carolina-Wilmington RHP Brad Holt in compensation round
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 5, 2008 -- The New York Mets today selected Arizona State University junior first baseman Ike Davis with the 18th overall pick in Major League Baseball's 2008 First-Year Player Draft. The Mets then picked shortstop Reese Havens, a junior shortstop from the University of South Carolina, with the 22nd overall selection in the first round and tabbed University of North Carolina-Wilmington junior right-handed pitcher Brad Holt with their first-round compensation pick, the 33rd overall selection.
"We are very pleased to add two quality position players from top flight baseball programs to our organization," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya about New York's first two selections.
Ike Davis is batting .394 (78-for-198) with 62 runs scored, 26 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs and 73 RBIs in 49 games this year for Arizona State. His on-base percentage is .468, and he has 30 walks and only 31 strikeouts. The Sun Devils play Fresno State in Tempe, Ariz., this weekend in College Baseball's Super Regional.
Davis was named to the First Team Pac-10 squad for the third straight year this season and was a First Team Collegiate Baseball All-American.
Davis, 21, is the son of former Major League right-handed pitcher Ron Davis, who played with the Yankees, Twins, Cubs, Dodgers and Giants from 1978-88.
"He has good bloodlines," said Rudy Terrasas, Mets Director of Amateur Scouting. "Ike has a chance to hit for average and power and does a solid job around the bag."
Baseball America ranked him the third-best collegiate power hitter in the draft.
"I was watching the draft on ESPN with my teammates," said Davis. "It was a huge thrill. I was excited to be picked by New York."
Davis batted .349 (83-for-238) with 56 runs scored, 23 doubles, eight home runs and 61 RBIs in 62 games with the Sun Devils while earning First Team All-Pac-10 honors as a sophomore in 2007. Ike was also a Collegiate Baseball Third Team All-American as a sophomore.
The 6-4, 205-pounder also went 4-1 and was tied for the team lead with four saves this year. He recorded a 2.53 ERA (six earned runs/21 1/3 innings) as a junior. Overall, Ike was 7-5 with four saves and a 5.50 ERA in 35 games, 13 starts for the Sun Devils.
Ike was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, All-Pac-10 First Team and Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American in 2006 when he batted .329 (79-for-240) with 39 runs scored, 20 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 65 RBIs in 58 games with ASU. He set a Sun Devils freshman record and finished second in the Pac-10 with 65 RBIs.
Davis was named the MVP of two prep All-Star Games, the 2004 AFLAC All-American Game and the 2005 High School American Game. In addition, he helped the USA Junior National Team to the Gold Medal in 2004 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. He combined to hit .404 (19-for-47) with nine doubles in two summers with Team USA (2003-04).
Davis was selected in the 19th round by Tampa Bay in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, but elected not to sign.
Havens, 21, hit .359 (89-for-248), with 76 runs scored, 13 doubles, 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 63 games during his junior campaign with the Gamecocks this season. Following the year, in which he led South Carolina to a 40-23 record and an NCAA Regional appearance, Havens earned third team All-America Honors and second team All-SEC honors. It was the second time in his career that he received All-SEC honors, after being tabbed for the second team following his freshman year with South Carolina.
"Reese is another steady, consistent player who comes ready to play and ready to beat you everyday," added Terrasas.
The Sullivan's Island, S.C., native was also named to the SEC All-Defensive team in 2008, after finishing the season with a .954 fielding percentage at shortstop for South Carolina.
As a sophomore, Reese batted .274 (64-for-234) with 38 runs scored, with 12 doubles, five home runs and 43 RBIs in 65 contests for the Gamecocks.
Havens, who attended Bishop England High School (S.C.), was named a 2005 High School All-American by Baseball America and was also selected at the South Carolina AA Player of the Year following his senior season in which he batted .530 with five home runs and 48 RBIs. The 6-1, 195 pound infielder was previously selected in the 29th round of 2005 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies.
The last time New York had two first-round picks was in 1994 when the Mets selected Paul Wilson (first overall) and Terrence Long (20th overall). In addition, this is the first time New York has had three selections prior to the completion of the compensation round.
Holt finished his junior campaign at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington with an 11-1 record and a 3.18 ERA (33 earned runs/93 1/3 innings) in 15 starts during the 2008 season. In 93 1/3 innings, he allowed 78 hits, of which only 17 went for extra-bases, while walking 36 and striking out 95. He also tossed the first one-hitter since 1992 for the Seahawks, when he struck out seven without a walk as Wilmington defeated Northeastern 11-1 on April 5.
In his three years at UNCW, he posted a 19-9 record and a 4.18 ERA (104 runs/224 innings) in 44 games, 38 starts. Brad scattered 215 hits while walking 96 and striking out 190.
The right-hander won his final 11 decisions of the season, including a 5-2 win over nationally ranked Elon University in the NCAA Regional opening game, before UNCW was eventually eliminated by the University of North Carolina in the regional finals. Following the season, the Albemarle, N.C., native was named first-team Colonial Athletic Association and also received third-team All-America honors.
The Albemarle HS (N.C.) graduate earned All-Watkin Valley Conference honors all four seasons and was a second team high school All-American following his senior season. Holt established a school record with 404 strikeouts over his four-year career.
The 6-4, 195 pounder became the highest drafted player in the history of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington when the Mets selected him with the 33rd overall selection in the 2008 MLB Draft. He also becomes the first UNC-Wilmington player selected by the Mets since Jason Roach was tabbed with the 20th pick in 1997. Roach made two starts with the Mets during the 2003 season.