Wilmer Flores may play OF this spring, as well as 2B & 3B

Wilmer FloresMets infield prospect Wilmer Flores could get time in the outfield this spring training, as well as playing third and second base, Sandy Alderson said during an online chat with MLB.com yesterday.

In a Q&A with fans last week, the front office said Flores will continue to work at both second base and third base in the minor leagues during 2013.

Yesterday in Port St. Lucie, Flores was working with David Wright and Zach Lutz at third base, according to MetsBlog’s Michael Baron. He did not work at any other position.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com ranked Flores as the ninth best third base prospect in the game for 2013.

In regards to Flores, Mayo writes:

“Flores had trouble getting out of A-ball but took a big step forward in 2012. … He earned a promotion to Double-A and hit well there, starting to show power and plate discipline and turning potential into performance. A shortstop for much of his career, he shifted to third in 2012, though he dabbled a bit at second base as well. His feel for hitting should help him get to the big leagues. Where his long-term defensive home is remains to be seen.”

In 130 games for Single-A and Double-A last year, Flores hit .300 with 18 HR, 75 RBI, 38 walks and 60 strikeouts in 493 at-bats, during which he won the Sterling Organizational Player of the Year Award.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I still bet Flores is eventually traded, maybe with another top pitcher on the rise, in a deal that brings in a big-time piece of the puzzle. I don’t expect this deal now, or this summer, or even next winter, but at some point Alderson will turn the page and look to deal from excess to fill in around his Wheelers, Harveys and d’Arnauds, and Ikes and Wrights and Nieses. I like Wilmer’s potential, but I just don’t see how he fits in with the Mets. This is why I hope they keep him at third base. He has the most value there. It’s a weak position all across baseball. This year, Flores may end up with 20 to 30 home runs in the hitter-friendly Las Vegas ballpark… as a third baseman. If the Mets question his future in Queens, because he doesn’t have a defined position, I prefer they do everything they can to protect his value in the minor leagues… especially since he’s still just 21 years old…