Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Zach Lutz were reassigned to minor-league camp Monday morning.
“I feel good,” Flores later told reporters. “I did a great job. I’ll just wait for the opportunity to come again.”
Flores, 22, started four Grapefruit League games at shortstop. He hit .238 in 42 at bats this spring.
“I’ll go to Vegas and play some more short,” he said. “I don’t know how much, but I know I’m going to play short.”
Ruben Tejada, Omar Quintanilla and Anthony Seratelli are the only remaining shortstops in big-league camp.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I doubted Wilmer’s ability to ever play shortstop. However, seeing him this spring, after an offseason of working on speed, agility and footwork, I’m sold on him getting more time to learn the position in Triple-A. He’s going to hit. There are experts who feel he could one day hit like Edgardo Alfonzo, especially given his poise in late-and-close situations. He will never been as good of a defensive infielder, but he’s shown he can play decent enough given his potential at the plate. I still think a nice .300, 10 home run season is totally within range for him over the next couple of years, which would make him a valuable shortstop until he outgrows the position.
Basically, I was pleasantly surprised by him this spring and I look forward to continuing to watch him develop.