EmailQ&A: What is the plan for Wilmer Flores?

Mail IconGabe, a reader of MetsBlog:

I haven’t heard much talk about Wilmer Flores this offseason. I keep hearing about Lucas Duda, but why wouldn’t Flores be able to challenge him at first if Ike Davis is moved? In my opinion, Flores is as pure of a hitter as the Mets have coming up right now. Why not leave first base an open competition?

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Flores is known for his bat. His fielding is what holds him down. The problem with trading him is that most teams already have an all-hit, no-field prospect or two in the upper-levels of their system, if not at the big-league level. It’s a common problem, much worse for teams in the National League.

Naturally, he’s hitting well this winter in the Venezuelan Winter League, where he’s also made a few errors in just a handful of games at second and third base. I’ve seen reports indicating he’s working on his agility and foot speed. I’ll believe he’s improved when I see him. He’s a big, blocky athlete who — at just 22 — is probably going to get bigger and stronger as he grows up. The Mets are not moving David Wright to first base to hope Flores succeeds in the big-leagues at third. The point is, Wilmer’s future is either at first base for the Mets or on another team’s roster.

He’s a young man without a position and not a lot of trade value. So, I assume Wilmer will work out at first base next Spring, as well as continue to try and prove himself at second (especially if Daniel Murphy is traded, or moved to first base, which I don’t think will happen). He’ll probably take grounders at third, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see him workout in the outfield once in a while. Maybe he sticks to the 25-man roster in a utility role… maybe he starts in Triple-A, be it at first, second or third, where maybe he can rebuild his value at a premium position… or, maybe his footwork has improved, he hits and wins the first base job away from Duda… I don’t know. It remains to be seen, which is the only way to answer you question right now.




170 comments
Daniel Goldberg
Daniel Goldberg

Chris, it takes time to acclimate yourself to a position like SS. He's still very young. But if he's a real proven hitter, you've got to put him at least at first. I can't stand another year of Tejada playing SS. My mother hits better than him.

Quique Morales
Quique Morales

We know that but the option is Tejada or Flores, the Mets are not going to sign or trade for a SS. So Tejada cannot hit and Flores cannot field, Murphy has proven that he can pickit and I know of a lot of SS that have not had good range but have had a bat good enough to keep them in the lineup and Murphy is all of that.

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

He couldnt play SS in the minors, hence why they took him off the position 2 years ago and hasnt played 1 game at SS since

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

He started his professional career as a SS

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

lol, terrible idea........Hasn't played SS in 2 years, bc he didnt have the range

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

LMAO, he stopped being a SS 2 years ago....Doesn't have the range to play the position.....This info is easliy found by doing just a bit of research

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

This maybe the dumbest thing I've ever read

Chris Biehl
Chris Biehl

You obviously don't follow the Mets minor league system.....Flores hasnt played SS in 2 years, not 1 game since they took him away from there......He didnt have the range to play SS, brutally slowfooted and was an error machine there in the minors.....Has seen action at 1B, 2B, 3B and DH since.....MLB scouts universally question his range at 2B....Flores is truly a guy without a position right now

Ralph Caridad
Ralph Caridad

By a show of hands ... who actually thinks the Mets front office has the word "plan" in their vocabulary?

Keith Moore
Keith Moore

can he learn the outfield or first base??

Daniel Goldberg
Daniel Goldberg

SS sounds good to me. He needs a shot to play everyday.

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Alderson, "Ummm......uhhhhh....well....uhhh"

Art Hansen
Art Hansen

I don't think he is a major league ballplayer.

Quique Morales
Quique Morales

Put him at second and move murphy to short. I heard Murphy played short in the minors, he may not have good range but I bet he would be a very productive shortstop for the New York Mets

Robert Garippa
Robert Garippa

Let's not over rate him huh? The hell has he done?

Daniel Morales
Daniel Morales

Would of been a better idea to play Flores at SS last season when expectations were low. Remember, the Mets are supposed to be contenders according to Alderson this year, so i doubt they'll do the most logical thing in giving flores a chance at shortstop. Alderson is a fool! Can't wait till he quits or gets fired.

Joseph Robert Teifer
Joseph Robert Teifer

Considering he played a better third than they said he would... i would have like to see him play some short.... but my guess is backup at all INF slots except short and a backup in the corner of

Louie Tomeo
Louie Tomeo

Starting second baseman or shortstop if he could cover the ground, kid has to play

Drew Richards
Drew Richards

His glove is the hold back on him. The Mets being so desperate for hitting have to find at bats for him. Find out for real if he can or can't hit on this level. The Mets always seem to have punching Judy ,effort or 4A guys. He seems to have something real to offer with the bat... If he hits you find a place for him but don't waste his youth having him sit around.

Russell Jake Neustadt
Russell Jake Neustadt

Keep him! Obviously he will fill in for David Wright at 3rd when he gets the day off or G_d for bid he gets injured but I would love for the Mets to work with him on transforming into a duel position player. Turn him into a SS also and he would be an everyday player. I like Ruben Tejada a lot but let's be honest with each other, he is definitely not our SS of the future. I say trade him away for a draft pick, whatever round.

Frank Turzio
Frank Turzio

What plan..... Mets dont have a plan ..... But to save money

Beth Ozarow
Beth Ozarow

I'd love to try him at 2nd if Daniel Murphy doesn't get traded or 1st base. Or shortstop. If possibly he could be trade bait too

Jermaine Carew
Jermaine Carew

Excellent question!! I keep hearing his " natural position " is 3rd base but they may try to experiment at 2nd or SS

dexx
dexx

Sandy missed the boat on two separate occasions this week to move Flores.  Arizona traded 3B Matt Davidson to the White Sox for Addison Reed, and the Orioles traded 3B danny Valencia to the Royals for CF David Lough.  Lough put up the highest WAR among all rookies last season.

chasesimms
chasesimms

Put him at f-ing first then!  He cannot do any worse offensively than Duda and Davis. 

Izeaac Izenhower
Izeaac Izenhower

Have no worries. The signing of C.Young will prove to be a bad move by mid May when he is leading the the team in K's with Ike not too far behind him. It will leave room and opportunity for others to step up. They should have traded for Aoki who was traded for nothing. Traded for Alexis Ramirez. Forget about Drew who is a second tier SS who never lived up to his potential.

joeknix
joeknix

@Izeaac Izenhower Man, we are going to see a LOT of SO between Wright, Grandy, and Young.  It's going to be a whiff fest out there.  The Young move is a short term flier they hope turns out to be like Byrd but Young is 6 years younger so my hope is that at worst he plays well enough to be traded at the deadline.