Wilmer Flores wowing in camp, still unlikely to make team

Posted: February 24, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by NY Daily News

Photo by NY Daily News

Wilmer Flores has been impressing Mets officials in camp as Terry Collins compared the young infielder to Edgardo Alfonzo Monday morning. “That is a big statement,” said Collins. “If that’s what Flores is going to be, obviously you have to find a position for him to play.” Collins told reporters in Port St. Lucie.

Obviously the Mets like his bat but he has no position which means he likely has no spot on this team for the foreseeable future. The Mets have been playing him at short and second through camp but he lacks the foot speed needed to play short. The same probably goes for him playing second base in the big leagues.

Plus the idea that the Mets have said in the past that Flores can’t be a shortstop, yet they keep working him out there. Obviously this means they still don’t have much faith in Ruben Tejada.

The Mets now are saying they won’t rule out Flores playing shortstop in the big leagues at some point.

Flores, once the Mets top prospect, will likely go down to Triple-A and play all over the infield waiting for an infielder to get injured to get called up. The only reason Flores got his opportunity last year is because David Wright got hurt and they needed another third basemen. He is still very young as he is only 22 and the Mets want him to play every day so a trip to Las Vegas is likely.

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