The 22-year-old Flores is currently filling in at third base for the injured David Wright, but could increase his chances to stick with the big club if he shows he can adequately handle second base as well and add to his versatility.
Good move by the Mets who most certainly are well aware of what Flores is capable of including handling second base where’s played most of the 2013 season. Scouts and Mets coaches and executives have all said that his defense at second has improved. One scout, after watching Flores for three games in Reno, called his defensive shortcomings have been greatly exaggerated.
Flores has five RBI through his first four major league games.
Original Post 8/7
Wilmer Flores signed with the Mets organization as a 16-year-old shortstop, one of the most highly touted teenagers in that year’s international class. But he did not make his big league debut until Tuesday, on his 22nd birthday as well as the six-year anniversary of when he signed his pro contract with the Mets.
“Getting called up on my birthday, you can’t ask for more,” Flores said. “I was a little bit too excited. You want to do well. I was a little bit nervous that first at-bat, but I had fun.”
With regular third baseman David Wright sidelined for the next month or so, the Mets called on Flores, one of their top prospects, to replace Wright at the hot corner. Though Flores had played mostly second base this year at Triple-A Las Vegas, he spent much of last season growing acclimated to third.
“It’s time to get him up here and let him have a little taste of what it’s going to be like to play at this level,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “We know he’s a good offensive player. The sky’s the limit offensively for him. So we’re going to see if he can bring something to the table.”
Sandy Alderson took note of how important it was for Flores to make his mark now that he’s in the majors, citing a lack of other MLB ready options in the pipeline.
“It’s not as plentiful as the pitching options we have, that is for sure,” the Mets general manager said.
Flores was hitting .321 with 15 homers prior to his call-up this season.