Wilmer Flores (Baron)

Wilmer Flores will play every day with Mets or Vegas

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).

30 comments
Eddie_Dean
Eddie_Dean

God, if he could play short that would be amazing. Not having to see Ruben Tejada anymore would be spectacular.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

Guess those tall, Cal Ripken body types used to play short, so maybe Flores can do it, but it'll be really surprising if he can. I don't know if whatever happened in agility camp is gonna be good for his hitting either.

moep
moep

iam very excited to see him at ss hopefully he wins the job why not i like him better then tejada because his bat talks for him self whats to losse nym take a risk

mike23
mike23

i'm curious to see him play SS in spring, will be interesting to see where that goes and if he is given a legitimate opportunity or if he blows a couple plays if he is back to being a player without a position. Mets seem to always have their offensive players come up without a true position, have to commit to doing a better job with their offensive prospects. 

rstpigeon
rstpigeon

This kid would have to play a good 2B and rake to displace Murphy. He isn't going to compete for 1B or 3B. So, that leaves him trying to show better range and a better bat than Ruben Tejada. The team is gearing up with young pitching and needs strong defense up the middle. Flores has never been as good as Tejada in the field. Tejada is good enough - not really good o rvery good, even - and you'd want an upgrade over him.


How in the world does any of this translate into Flores really competing for a starting job on the big league club? Put him at 1B, an offensive position, make it a 3-way race, and let Duda and Davis prove something. They've each had enough time, we've seen enough from them to know what they can do - Ike Davis can hit like a beast, sometimes, and plays a very good 1B; Lucas Duda doesn't do anything well enough to be in the conversation - end of story.


If Flores is going to split his time between 2B, SS, and 3B, all of his major-league time will be for some other team, after some trade or a Rule 5 acquisiition.

drmetfan
drmetfan

Flores to play everyday if he makes the opening day roster? Well, this means he will be the starting SS or that Ike, Duda and/or Murphy are getting traded thus moving Flores to 2nd base.

Alex Cooper
Alex Cooper

Got mah fingers crossed that he can be good at short. His bat along with d'Arnaud in the middle of the lineup with murph brandy and wright can change our offense

krayzie
krayzie

Murph is a goner. It's tough bc he's been a loyal, solid Met - but it also feels like he's peaked. Trading murph at some point this year and starting Wilmer at 2nd seems inevitable 

nymetsrule
nymetsrule

Give him a chance at SS. Sure he will probably play with lead feet, but it is worth seeing if he can do it well. Nothing to lose with this team...

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Being that he is our franchises 4th best hitter I'd say we need to find him a spot to play everyday.

rkj473
rkj473

Why  not make him start exclusively at Short or 2b? The Mets' depth at either position is not great. Give the Kid enough opportunity at those spots. Ruben Tejada has been casual with the job because he knows there is no one in the organization to challenge him for the spot.

gloveman
gloveman

ok, this I am happy to see. One of the few reports of player use I can say that about!

Muhammed A. Gretzky
Muhammed A. Gretzky

@mike23 " i'm curious to see him play SS in spring, will be interesting to see where that goes and if he is given a legitimate opportunity..."

This.

jamets
jamets

But he is not adequate defensively.  They already gave him 4 full season at SS and he proved beyond all doubt that he can not play SS at the majore league level.

jamets
jamets

Or that he has no chance to make the team and will be back in Vegas playing 2B  (or 1B or 3B).

Thomas McKeever
Thomas McKeever

@krayzie Nah keep murphy. Play Flores at SS to see whats there.  if he is at all capable of playing SS, we would be in better shape I think with his bat.

jamets
jamets

He already had his chance at SS.  Where have you guys been?  He played there for 4 full seasons.  In fact, the Mets wasted about 2 years of development by leaving him at SS when it was obvious to everyone who saw him that he couldn't play there.  They should have moved him to 2B or 3B much sooner than they did to give the guy a shot to learn a new position.  The last thing they should do now is waste more time with him at SS.

Starz31
Starz31

@nymetsrule  Seems like they will at least see what he's got at SS. That's all we can hope for I suppose. He's had a great bat the past few years, despite his ML stint last year in which he was clearly overmatched but he was also playing hurt and it was his first time up. Hopefully his bat is a real thing because then it could play a big role on this team and he will force his way onto the field. 

11gilkey
11gilkey

@Zach Goeringer  Why haven't they started playing this guy at 1B.  We have two dolts battling it out for 1B.  Why not give him a real look.  

jamets
jamets

What do you mean to see whats there?  Watching Flores play SS all those years in the minors wasn't enough to see what he can and cannot do?

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@Thomas McKeever @krayzie  I love murph, but we've heard about flores for a while now..i really wanna see what this kid can do in a full camp, playing the field. I think what krayzie is saying that if (when) Flores shows he deserves and earns the everyday spot, SOMEONE'S gonna have to go. And based on maximum value (and the fact that he's due a raise thru arb or free agency, i forget which) Murphy seems to be the likely candidate for a mid season trade...


we are starting to really see A LOT of younger prospects become more popular names. I really look forward to seeing a BIG trade either this July or off season for that big bat. We simply wont have enough room for an 8 man rotation, and 11 position players!


Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

Agreed. Flores is the best hitter of the 3. It should be his job to lose.

Starz31
Starz31

@11gilkey @Zach Goeringer  And maybe he eventually will. But you gotta give Duda and Davis one last opportunity due to their age and the potential that it would only help this team off significantly if one of them does figure it out offensively, and in the case of Davis, him re-finding himself. 

Chapter 7
Chapter 7

I'm all for giving him a look at SS in spring. If he succeeds, we all win. If he can't cut it, send him down to play 1b in case Ike and Duda look like they did last year.

Zach Goeringer
Zach Goeringer

But then what do you do with Flores. He has consistently hit at a high level at every stage of the minor leagues. You can't tell me the best thing for this team is to stick that bat in triple AAA when we so sorely need fire power in this order.

Mr. SERCH
Mr. SERCH

@Chapter 7  I think they are going to find him ABs almost everyday, between time at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, giving the guys a rest there, OR hopefully at SS, if we give the regs enough rest, he can get like 4 starts a week...until we make a trade and open a spot for him!