New York Mets prospect Wilmer Flores is ready for the big leagues.
There’s nothing left for him to prove in the minors, and the Mets need to start formulating a plan to bring him up and get him in the starting lineup as often as possible, because there’s no point in Flores continuing to collect hits in Triple-A when he could be getting hits for the Mets in the big leagues.
Flores has been a member of the Mets’ organization since 2008 when he was 16 years old. For much of his time in the minors, he has been one of the top prospects the team has had in their farm system. Despite enduring some ups and downs and attracting some doubts as to whether or not he would ultimately pan out, Flores has thrived over the past year and a half, and now there’s little doubt that he’s ready to make his MLB debut.
Flores put up impressive numbers with Triple-A Las Vegas this season with a line of .322/.358/.530 and 12 home runs. He leads the Pacific Coast League in doubles with 33 and RBIs with 74.
Perhaps more importantly, he has continued to improve throughout the season. His OPS has improved monthly from .715 in April to 1.086 thus far in July. That marked improvement throughout the season clearly shows that he is ready to not just handle big league pitching, but thrive against it.
The lone caveat with Flores is where he will play defensively, which has always been the biggest question for him throughout his minor league career. Currently, he is playing mostly at second base; however, he started his career as a shortstop, spent a season as a third baseman and has also played sparingly at first base.
Theoretically, Flores could split time at second base with Daniel Murphy while also seeing some time at first base, especially if Ike Davis continues to struggle, and perhaps even an occasional start at third base in relief of David Wright.
Whatever position he plays, Flores is sure to be a big step down defensively, but putting his bat in the lineup should more than make up for his deficiencies in the field. There’s nothing more that Flores can do in the minors to prove that he’s ready to be promoted to the big leagues. He’s a run producer and an impact middle-of-the-order type of hitter, and the Mets should do whatever is necessary to bring him in the big leagues.