Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is the 10th-best second base prospect in baseball, according to a recent list from MiLB.com.
In 2013, the 22-year-old infielder hit just .211 with six extra base hits during 101 plate appearances, despite batting .321 with 15 HR and 36 doubles earlier in the year at Triple-A.
Flores began his professional career at shortstop and eventually moved to third base. He will get most of his time at second base in 2014, assuming he’s not on the big-league roster, the team said during an online chat with fans on Twitter.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
Flores is known for his bat. MLB talent evaluators that I’ve talked with say he’s capable of being at least a .270 hitter with 15 to 20 home runs in the big leagues. His fielding is what holds him down, though. The problem with trading him is that most teams already have a few all-hit, no-field prospects in the upper-levels of their system. It’s a common problem, much worse for teams in the National League.
Naturally, he hit well in Venezuelan Winter League, where he also made a few errors in just a handful of games at second and third base. I’ve seen reports indicating he’s working on his agility and foot speed. I’ll believe he’s improved when I see him. He’s a big, blocky athlete who — at just 22 — is probably going to get bigger and stronger as he grows up. I hope he sticks at second, because his bat would have extra value there. Nevertheless, I still see Wilmer’s future either at first base for the Mets or on another team’s roster.
Mets 2B prospect Dilson Herrera, who the Mets acquired from the Pirates last summer, did not make MiLB.com’s list.