Wilmer Flores didn’t break the top-13 list on Baseball America’s weekly hot sheet, but he did receive an honorable mention. The second baseman put together a .406/.406/.625 line over the past week. Mitch Petanick also focused on Flores this morning for today’s Prospect Spotlight.
Flores has compiled nine RBIs to go with seven doubles over the past seven days. He’s hit two doubles in a game twice during that span, and has hit at least one double in five of his last six games (including four straight). The 21-year-old found himself adjusting to life in Triple-A during April (.269/.317/.368), but has picked it up in May (.312/.350/.532). His increase in production this month has risen his season statistics to a more than respectable .292/.335/.470 line with four homers, 37 RBIs, and 20 doubles.
While his ability with the bat has never been in question, but it’s been tough for the Mets to find a position on the field to keep Flores at. He began his professional career as a shortstop, but his lack of speed moved him over to third base, and now he’s playing second base in 2013. It remains to be seen if he can eventually make the transition to second base, or if his lack of defensive ability forces him to be a first baseman or a designated hitter.
Here’s what Baseball America had to say about Flores and his future:
“If you focus on what Flores can’t do, you’ll have a pretty lengthy list. The 21-year-old can’t run. Because of his slow feet, he’s struggled to find a permanent position, which is why second base is his latest landing spot (after stints at shortstop and third base in the past). And while his power plays as a middle infielder, it may not be enough if he ends up at first base. But focusing on what he can do, the man can square up a baseball. Flores hit .406/.406/.625 this week for Triple-A Las Vegas, with another reminder that he could be a .300 hitter in the big leagues—if he can find a position.”
To see who else made BA’s weekly hot sheet, you can see the article here.