Terry Collins said he will take a long look at Wilmer Flores at second, third and shortstop in spring training (Kernan, Feb. 4).
“There’s a lot of potential there and this is the time to see it,’’ Collins said.
Flores was among a group of seven Mets who participated in an offseason strength, conditioning and nutrition program in Michigan this winter.
“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).
Flores played shortstop in 2011 with Single-A St. Lucie, but later moved to third and second base.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
To make the Mets, he’s going to have to win a spot as a backup infielder capable of playing all four infield positions and I’m not sure he’s capable of that. To Alderson’s point, though, I’m basing that on what we’ve seen of him prior to this winter. Who knows, maybe he’s literally in the best shape of his life? Maybe he now has reflexes like Spiderman? We’ll see… I mean, as Toby Hyde said on MMiLB, “If the Mets thought Flores could play shortstop at all, they would have played him there at some point in the last two years.”
In the end, I still think he will end up getting the bulk of his at bats at first and second base with Triple-A Las Vegas.