Is Wilmer Flores The Heir To Jose Reyes?

An article by posted on June 7, 2011

Sean Hartnett of CBS New York, argues that the Mets best option would be to trade Jose Reyes.

With Ruben Tejada ready to shift over to shortstop, the Mets have a ready-made solution available at the major league level. Tejada is captivating fans at Citi Field with his superb glove and is more advanced at the plate than expected — he is currently batting .304. The Amazin’s have a solid long-term plan in place with uber-prospect Wilmer Flores waiting in the wings. Although not yet ready for the big leagues, Flores possesses a powerful bat and is expected to progress quickly through the Mets’ farm system.

It may be hard for Mets fans to take but dealing away Reyes makes sense on many levels. There will certainly be a backlash directed toward ownership if Jose is traded but fans won’t feel that way in a few years when Flores is the new face of the franchise. If the players received in exchange for Reyes are complimenting Flores in a future Mets’ lineup, fans will look back at trading their superstar as the correct decision.

I have a few problems with his argument about Flores being the likely replacement for Reyes.

First, Wilmer Flores is not moving through the Mets minors at a fast pace. He’s been through four lower levels of the minors in four years which is typical and neither too fast or too slow. 

Second, Flores isn’t lighting it up at St. Lucie and is currently batting .259 with a .301 on-base in 216 at-bats. Of his 56 hits, only 15 are for extra bases – that’s 75% singles. Flores has below average speed and has stolen ten bases in four seasons as a pro.

Finally, not one baseball scout or talent evaluator believes Flores will remain at shortstop, and it’s not just because of his size. Flores has a strong arm, but doesn’t move well on balls in play, has poor instincts, and doesn’t possess the range you want from a shortstop. He projects as a left fielder or a third baseman if he shows he can handle the position.

Meanwhile, another Mets fan is doing his part to spread the message for keeping Jose Reyes. Pete Signorelli set up a Facebook page entitled: Keep Jose Reyes in Orange & Blue. The fan reaction to keeping Jose Reyes is reaching a fever pitch.

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