Quote: The Status of Wilmer Flores

“I expect him to play shortstop this season…I’ve told this to everybody: This guy’s bat may come really fast. And when it comes, he better be in a position that we know he can play in the big leagues. And if it’s shortstop, great.”

~ Terry Collins, as quoted by Adam Rubin of ESPN NY

Interesting, considering the Mets currently have a prominent player at shortstop already, who happens to be in the walk year of his contract…

According to Rubin, Collins expects Wilmer Flores to start his season with Single-A St. Lucie but move to Double-A Binghamton at some point during the season.

The buzz about Flores is he might eventually move from the shortstop position because of his size and speed. While he has played third base this winter, last month, Jonathan Mayo of MiLB.com listed Flores as the sixth best shortstop prospect in baseball.

Last year, the 19 year old Flores hit a combined .289 with 11 home runs and 84 RBI in 554 at bats between Savannah and St. Lucie. After his promotion to St. Lucie, Flores hit .300 with four home runs and 40 RBI in 277 at bats. He played in 31 games in the 2010 Venezuelen Winter League, and hit .320 with two home runs and 18 RBI with a .365 on base percentage in 103 at bats.

For more on Flores, check out ESPN New York, and for complete coverage of the Mets Minor Leagues, be sure to check out Toby Hyde’s Mets Minor League Blog, and Mack’s Mets.