21-year-old Mets infield prospect Wilmer Flores was signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2007. He started at second base for the World team at the 2009 All-Star Futures Game in St. Louis.
Last year, in 66 games for Double-A Binghamton, Flores hit .311 with a .361 OBP, 8 HR and 33 RBI. He’s batting .324 in nine games this winter in Venezuela.
Toby HydeI think the Mets will pursue a similar strategy with Flores that they did in the second half of 2012: he will play mostly at third base next year, but will also see time at first and second. Again, I do not think he has the range to play an average second base in the big leagues. He has the hands and arm for third, and only started to learn how to read the ball off the bat from the postion this year. Obviously, the Mets will have David Wright for at least 2013, but if Wright were to get hurt, Flores might well be the best fill-in option at third base by early 2013. The 21-year old’s bat looks close to ready. Giving him more time at all three positions will give him more ways to break into the big league lineup.
Here is a Mets Minor League Report on Flores from last season:
In this post to TedQuarters, Ted Berg takes a closer look at Flores and details three ways the Mets might handle the young infielder this winter.