Originally posted on Mets Minor League Blog:
Can Wilmer Flores play second? It’s the question I focused on as I watched a very spring training-ish 6-4 Mets loss on Monday night. Matt den Dekker made a ridiculously good catch to rob Anthony Rendon of a homerun that ended up on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. Still, we knew he could go get it. How about Flores?
The former shortstop moved to third last year, and then started mixing in time at second base for AA Binghamton. He’s played at the keystone the last few winters too.
Monday, he looked just fine. He initiated a double-play in the first inning. In the second inning, he made a nice turn on a 5-4-3 double play, reaching back towards first to corral a slightly off-target David Wright throw. In the third inning, he handled a chance ranging maybe five or six steps to his left, before going into a half-slide to make the pickup. A batter later, he tracked down a chopper up the middle, but by the time he reached it, he had no chance to get the speedy Eury Perez.