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The Mets had a few first-round picks in 2008. The first came from the Braves after the Mets lost Tom Glavine. That pick would lead to first baseman Ike Davis getting selected 18th overall. Four picks later, the Mets used their own first-round pick, 22nd overall, to take shortstop Reese Havens. Losing Glavine to the Braves helped the Mets gain a supplemental pick as well and they used it to select pitcher Brad Holt.
Davis was the Mets' regular first baseman from 2010-2013. He had a solid rookie season in 2010 with a .264 average, 19 home runs and 71 RBI. He finished seventh in the NL Rookie of the Year vote. Davis then got off to a great start in 2011 with a .302 average, seven home runs and 25 RBI before suffering what would turn out to be a season-ending ankle injury.
Davis came back in 2012 and had what has been his career season thus far. Davis hit just .227, but set career highs with 32 home runs and 90 RBI. The future looked bright for Davis, but he struggled in 2013 with a .205 average, nine home runs and 33 RBI. He even got demoted midway through what was a lost season for him.
This season, Davis was traded to the Pirates.
Both Havens and Holt have yet to make it to the major leagues. Time will tell if and when it ever happens for either of them.
Andrew Cashner, Jordan Lyles, Lance Lynn and Wade Miley were among the other 2008 first-round picks that the Mets passed on.
For what was a rather weak 2008 draft, the Mets did reasonably well with Davis. They did not have the same luck with Havens and Holt.
Did Davis' career pan out better than his draft class peers? Yes (to a certain degree).
Did Havens' and Holt's careers pan out better than their draft class peers? No.