Wilmer Flores was ‘too excited’ in his debut

Wilmer Flores 1 polaroidWilmer Flores made his major league debut last night for the Mets, and went 0-for-4 at the plate.

“Getting called up on my birthday, you can’t ask for more,” Flores said after the game. “[I was] a little bit too excited. You want to do well. I was a little bit nervous that first at-bat, but I had fun.”

Flores did commit an error at third base in the sixth inning on a ground ball to his left, and he also made a low throw to Ike Davis at first base later in the game – Flores had only played four games at third base this season with Triple-A Las Vegas.

“That groundball, I couldn’t handle it,” Flores said. “But, I feel great. I have a lot of confidence in myself. I feel comfortable in both positions, second base and third base. I think I just need to play a little bit more so I can adjust to it. But I feel comfortable in both.”

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m sure Flores was really nervous last night. He’s young, he’s been in the minors for a long time and has been talked about in high regard for years. Still, it was fun to finally see him at the big league level, knowing the long track and progression (with some minor setbacks) he’s been on over the last six years.

As for his defense, the organization’s concern lies primarily on his foot speed and range. That’s going to be an issue for him wherever he plays on the infield. He’s a big and tall guy, and so the team hopes his reach can help compensate for the lack of speed. From what I saw of him over the years in the minors, he has a strong arm and he typically has no problem fielding balls he can get to. In the end, the hope is he will be able to out-hit his issues on defense. I am very much looking forward to watching this growth period for Flores, and am rooting for him to find a home somewhere on the diamond with this club.