Aug. 11, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) is congratulated by teammates after hitting a home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Thoughts on Wilmer Flores' Future

Keith Law of ESPN held his weekly chat today, and had an interesting quote about Mets infielder Wilmer Flores.

Law, who was both a scout and a special assistant to the general manager for the Blue Jays before joining ESPN, weighed in on what the future holds for Flores:

Really not sold on him at 2b. He can hit though – might still profile as a regular at a corner spot.

Flores, 22, impressed right after he made his big league debut last season.  However, injuries to both ankles soon conspired to negatively impact both his productivity and his playing time.

As things currently stand, it’s expected that either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda will be the starting first baseman, with Josh Satin sticking on the bench as someone who can back up there (and elsewhere).

No one is really paying much attention to Flores, but he isn’t one of the Mets’ top prospects for no reason.

As Law notes above, Flores has a plus hit tool.  If Law thinks Flores may be able to stick at a corner infield position, it’s safe to infer that Law thinks Flores will be able to provide at least adequate power relative to the position.

Unless Daniel Murphy is traded, both second base and third base (David Wright) are not viable options for Flores at the big league level with the Mets.

In the event whoever the starting first baseman is falters, I’d like to see Flores presented with an opportunity to succeed there.

It’s not Flores’ defense overall that’s bad (he’s an average third baseman with a good enough arm), it’s his range in the middle infield.  If he was given time and tutelage, there’s no reason to think Flores wouldn’t be able to become a solid defensive first baseman.

In an ideal world, Davis (or Duda) will take a firm hold of the first base job and not let go.  In that scenario, the Mets can attempt to trade Flores to fill another need.  If, however, first base continues to be an issue, it would be smart for the Mets to see what Flores can do there.

 

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