Feb 26, 2014; Port St Lucie, FL, USA;New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) poses during media day at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Will Give Wilmer Flores "Legitimate" Look At Shortstop

With Ruben Tejada the shortstop only due to a lack of current options on the roster, the Mets plan to give infielder Wilmer Flores a “legitimate” look at short during spring training.

Writes Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

A team official said Wilmer Flores will get a legitimate look as a shortstop in spring training — not a passing glance. The industry consensus has been that Flores does not have the first-step quickness or range for that position, which is why the organization abandoned playing him there in the minors after the 2011 season. But the Mets intend to revisit Flores as a shortstop during Grapefruit League play, believing that if Flores is even passable defensively, he could be capable of hitting .270 or .280 and driving in 80 runs out of the No. 6 or No. 7 hole.

Rubin also notes in his report that the Mets remain intrigued by Seattle’s Nick Franklin.

Thoughts:

It would be incredible if Flores was somehow able to handle shortstop. If you put his bat at a premium position like that, his value could potentially go through the roof. However, the fact that the Mets haven’t played Flores at shortstop over the last three years should speak volumes.

Flores has soft hands and a decent enough arm, but his range is very likely not shortstop caliber.

If a winter working out in Michigan changed that, great. Still, it would be very surprising if Flores got anything more than emergency duty at shortstop during the regular season.

 

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