July 10, 2014 I remember this offseason when the Mets were seriously considering trading for either Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings of the Diamondbacks or Nick Franklin of the Mariners as possible upgrades at shortstop.
Well, Wilmer Flores is quickly becoming a hotter prospect than those guys were back then. Owings is doing well in the majors, but Flores is outhitting both Gregorius and Franklin in the PCL this year.
Since 2012, his OPS has been at .800 or higher, and this year he's hit 11 homers in 44 games so far for Las Vegas. His bat has played at every level of the minors and he's still only 22 years old. I seriously hope the Mets don't trade him. It's only a matter of time before he becomes an offensive force at shortstop- if only the Mets would give him the chance to play every day.
Incidentally, he got a chance earlier this year, played in one game, got the flu, sat out a couple of games, then had to stay on the bench as Terry Collins had renamed Ruben Tejada as the starter. This is proof of mismanagement- the fact that Flores is in the minors and Tejada isn't.
Dave in CT
August 12, 2015 Gotta love him. He may not be Ozzie Smith but you can see he wants to play for the Mets and, at the end of the day, those are the type of players I want on my team. His fielding has improved markedly and he has always had a decent bat with some power. Over the last few weeks, he has had some big hits for us. I for one am very happy for him.
September 25, 2015 How can you not like Wilmer? The guy nearly got traded at the deadline, was visibly upset by the news at the time and then the very next day, he hits an extremely clutch game-winning home run in what was arguably the turning point of the Mets' 2015 season. It could not have been scripted any better. I was so happy for him that night!