In case you missed the news, the Mets today called up their second-best hitting prospect Wilmer Flores from Triple-A (and placed Bobby Parnell on the DL).
Flores, who turns 22 years old today, was ranked number five on my top prospect list and by MetsMinors.net. He is having an excellent season for Las Vegas, batting .321/.357/.531 with 15 home runs and 36 doubles in 107 games. That’s an impressive season already, but when you factor in that he is 2-3 years younger than his competition, it’s even more so. He will certainly be challenged in the majors, but he has the potential to be an All-Star.
The bat is not the question with Flores, but the glove definitely is. He doesn’t really have a position. He has played 453 games at shortstop, the most at any position. He was a natural shortstop, but has been consistently terrible, prompting the Mets to move him. He has played 106 games at first base, 91 at third, and 18 at first, where many think he’ll eventually end up. While David Wright sits on the DL, Terry Collins will play Flores at third base, even though that probably isn’t his long-term position. This is probably to give Ike Davis consistent at-bats for him to either bounce back or increase his trade value. Why the team didn’t move Murphy to third and play Flores at second base, where he has played for most of this season, has not been explained. It’s likely he ends up at either first or second base.
Once David Wright comes back, if he returns at all this season, we will likely learn the Mets’ true plans for Flores defensively, whether it’s first base or second. For now, we’ll have to wait and speculate.