The Mets have made it official and announced that shortstop Wilmer Flores will be called up and activated in time for Friday’s game against the Phillies. Flores will replace Omar Quintanilla who was designated for assignment on Wednesday.
The red-hot Flores had three more hits tonight including a double and two RBIs to lift his average to .307 for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Over his last ten games, Flores is batting .444 with a 1.278 OPS in 27 at-bats with four home runs and 13 RBIs. An excellent run producer throughout his pro career, Flores has 25 RBI and 20 runs scored In 28 games this season. He has started 24 of those games at shortstop.
While you never know with Terry Collins, I would expect the 22-year old Flores to play everyday with Ruben Tejada sliding into a backup role.
Tejada has struggled mightily at the plate and is hitting .183 this season with only two extra-base hits in 99 plate appearances this season.
Ideally, we could see Tejada used as a late-inning defensive replacement as while Flores continues to work on improving his defense at short. However, many scouts and evaluators have said Flores has made great strides.
Yesterday, assistant general manager John Ricco said that Flores has been fine defensively.
“All the reports we’re getting from there is he’s making all the routine plays,” Ricco said. “He’s not going to be a plus defender by any stretch, but he’s held his own defensively.”
I’m pretty excited to see how Flores impacts the Mets lineup with his dynamic offensive skills. Before severely injuring his ankle last season, the Mets won five of six games after Flores was called up and he tied a Mets record with nine RBI in his first six games – also accomplished by Mike Jacobs in 2005.
My fervent hope is that Collins puts Flores in a position to succeed. We’ll see…