They use to say about former NFL wide receiver and recent Hall of Fame inductee Cris Carter, that all he does is catch touchdowns. Well, New York Mets rookie Wilmer Flores is on his way to a similar expression catching on about him; all he does is drive in runs.
In his first six games since making his major league debut as a result of the injury to David Wright, Flores already has nine RBI. Part of it is luck and circumstance, as Flores has already had four at bats with the bases loaded. However, a big part of it is Flores having a knack for driving in runs and coming through in those situations, going 2-for-4 with the bases loaded, including a bases clearing double in Matt Harvey’s latest gem.
Flores is just 22 years old, and he’s still filling out his 6’3’’ frame, so he’s still not a pure power hitter, despite hitting his first MLB home run on Sunday, but he is a great run producer. In 107 games at triple-A, Flores scored 69 runs and drove in 86, and despite getting promoted a week ago, he still leads in the Pacific Coast League in RBI.
Mets manager Terry Collins has been hesitant to put Flores too high in the order, so that he doesn’t have too much pressure on him at such a young age, but the heart of the order is exactly where Flores belongs, especially with Wright out of the lineup. With Ike Davis now hitting above .200 and getting on base at an extremely high rate, Flores should be in the Mets order right behind Davis, which should continue to give him ample opportunity to drive in runs.
Yes, Flores’ success in the big leagues is just a small sample size, but it doesn’t take long to realize that he has a knack for driving in runs. Just a week into his major league career, he is an RBI machine; all he seems to be doing for the Mets is driving in runs.