Former Revs outfielder Haveman, 26, retires
Maybe he’ll be back at some point. Or maybe not. But for now outfielder Brandon Haveman, 26, has opted to retire, according to Revs’ PR manager Paul Braverman.
Talking to Revs baseball operations manager Andrew Ball and Revs manager Mark Mason in recent weeks, it’s been tough to nail down exactly what’s going on with Haveman.
We know he missed some time with the Revs in July last season after his wife, Sarah, was named the new head women’s cross country and assistant track coach at Dayton (Ohio) University. Haveman needed the time off to help his wife move from their old home in Indiana to their new home near Dayton. So, we know he’s gone through changes off the field recently in that sense.
But at just 26 years old and still putting up decent numbers, it’s hard to imagine him walking away at such a young age considering he still has a good shot at making it back to affiliated ball, especially since he’s been playing professionally for four years.
The Mariners took the 5-foot, 9-inch Haveman in the 29th round of the 2009 draft after he hit .422 in his senior year at Purdue University.
Haveman put up solid numbers in rookie ball that year (.339 average) and in 2010 at Class AA Jackson (.296 average), earning him a call-up twice to Class AAA Tacoma in 2011.
But Haveman hit just .200 in limited action (16 games) with Tacoma, and the Mariners later released him in spring training this year.
“I hit .200 in triple-A with (35) at-bats,” he had said in an interview last June. “It’s good I have triple-A time on my resume. And I’m a career .292 hitter in the minor leagues. If I get an opportunity to play on a team, I will go out and prove I can hit .290 every year.”
And he did just that with the Revs after coming over to York following his release from Lancaster, where he batted just .182 in 10 games for the Barnstormers. Haveman would join York on May 24, just a few days after York signed former major league outfielder Bobby Kielty (who retired a few weeks later).
Although he had a .322 on-base percentage in 463 plate appearances for York, Haveman did have his struggles with patience at the plate, often swinging at the first or second pitch. It’s a trait that former Revs manager Andy Etchebarren had said needed to be corrected if Haveman wanted to be a successful lead-off man.
Still, Haveman went on to post a .296 average, six homers, 47 RBIs, 66 runs scored and 21 stolen bases in 102 games for the Revs.
York will definitely miss the speedy Haveman, both in the outfield and on the base paths.