The Mets are not optimistic that Triple-A SS Wilmer Flores can become an everyday shortstop in the big leagues, according to a source (NY Post, Apr. 30).
Flores is hitting .250 with one HR and 11 RBI in 20 games this season in Triple-A, during which he’s been charged with six errors in the field.
He jammed his finger during a game this past Sunday. X-rays were negative and he’s been cleared to return to baseball activities.
This past off-season, MLB.com ranked Flores the organization’s second-best position player prospect behind Travis d’Arnaud.
“His overall approach at the plate improved, and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently,” the report indicated (MLB.com, Nov. 2013). “He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue.”
In spring training, Mets manager Terry Collins said Flores has the potential to be like Edgardo Alfonso at the plate, so long as he can settle in to a position in the field.
Last season, he hit .321 with 15 HR, 86 RBI and 36 doubles in 107 games in Triple, during which he mostly played first, second and third base.