New York Mets prospects

Wilmer Flores had huge game Friday for Triple-A Las Vegas

By Danny Abriano

It appears that Wilmer Flores‘ jammed finger is better.

Aug 8, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Wilmer Flores (4) warms up on the field before the start of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

During Friday night’s loss to Reno, Flores went 4 for 5 with a pair of home runs and three runs scored – raising his average to .289 in the process.

Flores has been playing primarily shortstop with Las Vegas, but the Mets have never viewed him as a legitimate option to play shortstop in the majors.


While the Mets currently have Flores play shortstop in the minors, the wise move would be getting him exposure at first base instead.

As was written a few days ago, Flores’ only realistic chance to make an impact with the Mets is likely at first base.

Third base is occupied by David Wright, second base is occupied by Daniel Murphy, and shortstop isn’t an option for Flores at the major league level – which is why he was initially moved from the position three years ago.

Additionally, Josh Satin (serving as the righty platoon-mate for Lucas Duda) is hitting .143 in 21 at-bats.

The time to shift Flores to first base is now, and it would behoove the Mets to try it.

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