With the promotion of Wilmer Flores to the big club, the burning question is where will he play? His ability with the bat is the brightest spot for the 22-year-old prospect. He leads the Pacific Coast League in RBI, is second in doubles and sixth in OPS.
During Mets Vice President of Player Development and Scouting Paul DePodesta’s Twitter chat in June, when asked where he sees Flores at the major league level, DePodesta responded, “hitting in an RBI spot.”
In the field, Flores has the most minor league games at shortstop, but that’s a position he hasn’t manned since 2011.
Flores has been taking reps at first base recently in Triple-A, but has played the majority of his time at second base. He’s played just a handful of games at third this season, but has played 91 games there over the last two seasons.
The future of Flores could come at first, second or third base with the Mets. Obviously, David Wright’s position at third is locked in when he returns from the DL, so if Flores is playing there next season, it’s likely with another team after an offseason trade. They could start him there to showcase him for other teams.
First and second base are questions marks moving forward in Queens. With Ike Davis, Josh Satin and Lucas Duda not snatching up the starting job at first base this season, it’s the biggest infield hole for Flores to fill. Adding that Daniel Murphy can manage at first or second — if he’s even on the team next season — just further complicates the matter.
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