Wilmer Flores promoted to Mets

Wilmer Flores 1 polaroidWilmer Flores is en route to New York, the team announced on Twitter.

Flores, whose 22nd birthday is on Tuesday, played third base for Las Vegas on Monday night. He went 1-5 with a double, a run scored and four left on base. Coming into Monday’s game, in Triple-A, Flores has hit .322/.358/.532 with 35 doubles, 15 home runs and 86 RBI.

A corresponding roster move has not been announced, although the Mets are expected to place Bobby Parnell on the disabled list.

Michael Baron, Contributor

This is the right call, and seemed inevitable once David Wright went down. It restores the Mets bench to five players, thus adding flexibility for Terry Collins late in games. It’s also an opportunity to take an extended look at Flores so to learn exactly what they have in his bat at this level and to see how he might be defensively.

It seems logical to expect Flores will fill the void left by David Wright at third base for now, although I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets a lot of work at second base and first base as well. No matter how he is utilized, I expect he will play everyday somewhere. There is a concern about his range and foot speed regardless of where he plays, but as I said, this is the right time to evaluate that at Major League speed, for better or for worse.