What is going on with the New York Mets and prospect Wilmer Flores? Can we even call him a prospect anymore?
His natural position is third base, but with David Wright on the disabled list they are not bringing up Flores.
It makes no sense unless the Mets have other plans for Flores. Reading between the lines, my guess is their long- range plan could be to play him at first base, which is where he recently worked at Triple-A Las Vegas following an ankle injury.
Reportedly, he’s back at second base, but why? They should play him at first for the rest of the minor league season to see if they have something there.
Flores has played all around the infield, but mostly at second base this season before the interlude at first base. Blocked from third because of Wright, and with Daniel Murphy playing better at second, and concerns about his lack of speed keeping him from the outfield, first base could be the logical conclusion.
Don’t the Mets see that?
It appears the Mets will give Davis the second half to find his way at the plate. If he doesn’t, but Flores shows something at first, their questions could be answered for them by not tendering Davis a contract and go into spring training next year with Flores competing with Josh Satin for the first base job.
Should Flores use the rest of the minor league season – and there’s not much left – to make a positive impression at first base, it will be interesting to see if the Mets send him somewhere this winter to work at that position.
The presumption is Flores can hit, evidenced by his .320 average with 14 homers and 85 RBI with Las Vegas. All that in just 412 at-bats.
Currently, Flores has little trade value, even as a prospect, because other teams also don’t know where to play him. And, American League teams prefer to use the designated hitter slot for veterans who have lost a step, or proven major league hitters stuck in a position logjam.
Flores is neither. The question is: Will he ever be a Met?
The following is the Mets’ lineup for their series finale with Kansas City:
Eric Young, LF
Daniel Murphy, 2B
Josh Satin, 3B
Marlon Byrd, RF
Ike Davis, 1B
Juan Lagares, CF
John Buck, C
Omar Quintanilla, SS
Zack Wheeler, RHP
LINEUP THOUGHTS: There was speculation the Mets would move Murphy to third and play Eric Young at second, but that’s not the case and that’s a good thing. Young and Murphy are settled into their positions, and with Wright out, why make a move that impacts three positions instead of one? … I still like Lagares batting second and dropping down Murphy into a RBI slot. With the way he’s hitting he’s better in the fifth slot than Davis.
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