Wilmer Flores to Debut Tonight

The only questions about Flores are when and where.

The only questions about Flores are when and where.

After spending what seemed like about 20 years in the Mets minor league system, Wilmer Flores will make his debut with the big club tonight.

Flores, who turns 22 today, was signed by the Mets out of Venezuela at the tender age of 16. Flores was hitting .321/.357/.531 at Triple-A Las Vegas this year with a league leading total of 86 RBIs. He also had 36 doubles and 15 home runs.

Flores has hit at every level of the minor leagues, and has shown extra base pop along the way. He hasn’t shown outstanding home run power, and some of his 15 bombs this year could have been inflated by the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. He did hit 18 last year between Single and Double-A last year, however. And at 22, he still has time to grow into his 6′ 3″ frame.

While his hit tool is largely considered legitimate, he has below-average speed and limited range in the field. He was drafted as a shortstop, but has played mostly at second base this year, with a few starts at third. He’s expected to stay at the hot corner in the major leagues as long as David Wright is on the disabled list.

He’s still searching for a permanent position on the field, but a corner infield spot probably makes the most sense, especially if some of his minor league power begins to translate to the major league level.

I think he can at least be a Daniel Murphy-type of hitter, but with more home run power potential as he gets closer to his prime years.

His MLB journey begins tonight.

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  1. Sidd Finch August 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm
    Flores added to Harvey, Wheeler, Lagares, Satin, Meijia and soon joined by d’Arnaud continues the transition of the team into the future. Next year should include the arrivals of Syndegaad, Montero, Puello, and others will push the youth movement into full swing. It’ll be exciting to watch them play ball.

    The Mets haven’t really had such a large group come up and grow together since the early to mid 80s. It could even be argued that this is the Mets biggest youth movement of “homegrown” talent since the 60s.

    Courtesy of junkstats.com: As of 2012, since 1919, only 9 position players have gotten the best birthday present ever: their first MLB game. Of those, only 3 actually started the game.

    Happy Birthday Wilmer! Welcome to the big leagues.

  2. Joe August 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm
    A bit wet behind eyes in Game #1, had some key hits in Game #2.
  3. mic August 8, 2013 at 1:31 am
    Joe: I know you are busy, but I cant believe you are not taking the bait and looking at the hype around the catching. Sept is fast approaching and TDA is getting alot of press but has been out all year.

    Meanwhile Juan Centeno and Frank Pena are progressing rapidly in AAA. Frank ala Wilmer has been here forever and its exciting to think Tony’s son could be at least a back up in NY soon…..maybe behind TDA.