The Mets made their latest round of cuts Monday morning, reassigning Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and Zach Lutz to minor league camp. None of those cuts come as a surprise, but the one that jumps out will be the demotion of Flores.
The 22 year old Flores had been getting a taste at shortstop – his first game action there since 2011 – due to the fact that the Mets are looking for an alternative besides incumbent by default Ruben Tejada.
According to the club, Flores will continue to play shortstop (and second base) in Triple-A Las Vegas.
Although he looked decent during the reps he got at shortstop during camp, it’s highly unlikely that Wilmer Flores will be able to play shortstop adequately at the major league level.
The Mets moved Flores off shortstop three years ago due to the fact that the range simply wasn’t there. A few months at a training camp in Michigan may have helped Flores a bit, but it didn’t increase his range to the point where it’s passable at short.
Still, with no other decent options, I would’ve been willing to roll with Flores at shortstop in the majors simply due to the fact that the defensive step down from Ruben Tejada would’ve been negligible while the offensive upside would’ve blown away anything Tejada is likely to do.
For now, Flores will continue to play the middle infield in the minors, and the Mets will continue to search for an option at shortstop.