In the event Wilmer Flores doesn’t win a starting job with the Mets, he’ll likely go to Triple-A Las Vegas where he can get regular at bats, Terry Collins told reporters Tuesday in St. Lucie.
Collins said he doesn’t expect Flores to get a lot of time at first base this spring, given how important it is for the team to get looks at Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and others.
However, Flores will play some games at second, third base and shortstop this spring, Collins said earlier this week.
Team reports indicate Flores improved his agility and quickness at this winter’s strength and fitness camp.
“If that’s the case,” Collins said Friday, “I want to see it.”
Flores played shortstop in 2011 with Single-A St. Lucie, but later moved to third and second base.
“The work that they have done on speed and agility and quickness, etc., may have an impact on his ability to play certain positions,” Sandy Alderson said last week (DiComo, Jan. 30).