Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, reports that Wilmer Flores is expected to start at shortstop early next week and It will mark his first time starting at the position in a game since 2011, when he played for St. Lucie.
Wilmer Flores’ bat might be helpful for the bench if he can prove he is competent handling shortstop on occasion, suggests Terry Collins.
Rubin adds that insiders believe the organization is much more likely to place Flores at Las Vegas where he can get regular at bats.
With Ruben Tejada slated to return to action today, the likelihood of Flores landing a starting spot on the roster is slim to none, especially with other shortstops in camp that have more experience at the position like Anthony Seratelli and Omar Quintanilla, But if Flores can somehow prove that the Mets would benefit from having him on the bench as a versatile player, then maybe it would work. The only thing that goes against that thinking is that regular at bats in Vegas will keep him fresh in the event that an injury occurs and he is needed to fill in.
It is a tough decision to make especially since there will be limited space on the bench with possibly Anthony Recker, Josh Satin, Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares, and only one option for a shortstop backup.
There are still more spring games to be played and anything can happen from now til Opening Day.
Maybe Flores plays well and jumps into the shortstop mix and makes it a tough decision for Collins. We will see.
Thoughts from Joe D.
I’ve grown accustomed to Terry Collins’ constant meanderings about what he’ll do or won’t do only to ultimately do the exact opposite. I should be used to it, but I’m not.
I wanted so desperately to see Wilmer Flores get as many starts at shortstop as Collins has been asserting for the last 4-5 weeks. It would have been great to see what he can do and then have the team make an honest assessment to determine if he could be passable at the position.
Scouts and analysts need time to make those types of decisions, and even with Tejada sidelined, Collins still opted not to give Flores one start this past week. Now he says maybe next week. When next week?
Guess what Terry, Opening Day is in three weeks…
It’s quite clear to me that Terry already had his mind made up on Flores before camp even started. Flores will certainly be in Las Vegas.
It’s a shame that he didn’t give one of our top offensive prospects a true chance to make the team.
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