Congratulations To Wilmer Flores On His MLB Debut!
Of course, you must have known I’d have a Custom MMO GFX ready to go for this occasion…
In case you missed the big news, the New York Mets have promoted Wilmer Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas. The timing couldn’t be more perfect for the Mets and even Flores who celebrates his 22nd birthday today.
For now, the move restores the Mets bench to five players, but once Jon Niese is activated next week that will likely change again as the Mets shift back to a six-man rotation. I suspect Justin Turner will be the odd man out.
I’m certain that Flores will play mostly at third for now and won’t bounce him around all over the place as he adjusts offensively to the major leagues. At least that’s the hope, but the Mets have bungled these things before with their rookies.
Flores played a full game Monday night for Triple-A Las Vegas and began the game at first base and shifted to third base in the sixth inning. It was his third straight game making an appearance at the hot corner.
The Venezuelan native hit .321 with 15 homers and 86 RBIs in Triple-A this season and had nothing left to prove in the minors as I’ve said many times before.
I feel as excited for today as I did when Matt Harvey made his debut and have no real doubts that Flores will join him as one of the core players for the Mets for a very long time.
Congrats, Wilmer… Welcome to the show!
Original Post: Now’s The Time To Promote Wilmer Flores
It’s now official. The Mets announced that they have placed David Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring.
As reported earlier, the Mets recalled Mike Baxter from Triple-A Las Vegas, and he is available for this afternoon’s game. However, I would expect, or should I say hope, that the Mets will promote Wilmer Flores at some point after the weekend and give him a look at second base or even third base for a good two weeks.
Sandy Alderson was optimistic about Flores’ defense at second base and discussed his improved play defensively, noting his ability to turn the double play, field whatever he gets to, and his strong arm. He likened his range to Daniel Murphy and said it was not a problem. Recently, one MLB scout who has been watching Flores this season, said his defensive shortcomings at second base have been very exaggerated.
Offensively, Flores’ bat has never been in question winning two Sterling Awards for most outstanding hitter, four All Star selections, and two MVPs in his minor league career.
Currently, Flores is batting .320 with a .527 slugging and he’s racked up 35 doubles (Ranked #2), 4 triples, 14 home runs (Ranked #8), and 212 Total Bases (Ranked #2) in 412 at-bats. He has 67 runs scored and leads the Pacific Coast League with 87 RBIs.
Flores really has nothing left to prove in the minor leagues. Some talk about his splits and ignore the fact that he’s in the top ten against everyone else in the league in several categories.
The fact is that Flores is out-producing some of the top Triple-A prospects in the game right now, and with a chance to get two weeks of everyday play at the MLB level, the Mets would be crazy not to take advantage of this opportunity.
About the Author: Joe DeCaro
I'm a lifelong Mets fan who loves writing and talking about the Amazins' 24/7. From the Miracle in 1969 to the magic of 1986, and even the near misses in '73 and '00, I've experienced it all - the highs and the lows. I started Mets Merized Online in 2005 to feed my addiction. Follow me on Twitter @metsmerized.
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