Over his last four games for Los Bravos de Margarita, Wilmer Flores is 7-for-13 with three doubles, two RBI and only one strikeout.
Overall this winter, Flores is hitting .391 with six RBI and only four strikeouts in 46 at-bats in 13 games, and is 9-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
In 27 games for the Mets in 2013, Flores, 22, hit just .211 with one home run and 13 RBI in 101 plate appearances over 27 games. He hit .321 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 107 games with Triple-A Las Vegas.
Flores attended a fitness camp along with Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada in Michigan in November.
Michael Baron, ContributorFlores has mostly served as his team’s second baseman this winter, although he has played one game at third base and been a designated hitter in another. The organization wasn’t thrilled with him at second base before he was called up last summer, which helps explain why Terry Collins didn’t use him there when he arrived.
In a perfect world, he is built to be a first baseman considering his size and his mobility. But, if the Mets are intending to use either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda there, and they hold onto Daniel Murphy at second base, it’s going to be hard for Flores to get consistent playing time in the big leagues in 2014. And, if he’s going to be an impact bat in the big leagues – either with the Mets or elsewhere – he must be playing everyday somewhere…