Mets infield prospect Wilmer Flores could see time at shortstop during Spring Training, according to Sandy Alderson (DiComo, Jan. 30).
Flores was among a group of seven Mets who participated in an offseason strength, conditioning and nutrition program in Michigan this winter.
“Before this offseason, I’m not sure he ever had any sort of structured, regimented conditioning program,” Alderson said. “The work that they have done on speed and agility and quickness, etc., may have an impact on his ability to play certain positions.”
Flores played shortstop in 2011 with Single-A St. Lucie, but later moved to third and second base.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
To make the Mets, he’s going to have to win a spot as a backup infielder capable of playing all four infield positions and I’m not sure he’s capable of that. To Alderson’s point, though, I’m basing that on what we’ve seen of him prior to this winter. I mean, who knows, maybe he’s literally in the best shape of his life and then some? Maybe he’s now got reflexes like Spiderman? We’ll see…
In the end, I still think Flores will end up getting the bulk of his at bats at first and second base with Triple-A Las Vegas.