5 Reasons Why Wilmer Flores At SS Won't Work For New York Mets

By Bryan Zarpentine

5 Reasons Why Wilmer Flores At SS Won't Work For New York Mets

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With their frustration with Ruben Tejada mounting, the New York Mets are about to try Wilmer Flores as their everyday shortstop. There are reasons why the Mets moved Flores off of shortstop a few years ago, and putting him back there is pure desperation. Here are five reasons why putting Flores at shortstop is not going to work out for the Mets.

5. Awkward Footwork In Turning Double Plays

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5. Awkward Footwork In Turning Double Plays

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Flores may have soft hands and a strong arm, but he is big and not all that nimble around the bag, which is going to make it tough for him to turn double plays. The Mets need good defense to support a good starting rotation, and Flores being unable to turn double plays that an average shortstop can is going to get frustrating for both pitchers and fans.

4. Little Room For Improvement Defensively

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4. Little Room For Improvement Defensively

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Flores has had a little over a month to get re-acquainted with the shortstop position, and with a little more experience, there could be marginal improvement. However, for the most part, he's as good as he's going to get defensively. He worked hard on his quickness and agility in the offseason, but what we see is what we're going to get. His quickness and range aren't going to improve with time; it'll probably only get worse as he gets older.

3. Too Much Pressure To Produce Offensively

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3. Too Much Pressure To Produce Offensively

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The Mets are bringing up Flores for his offense at the expense of defense, so there will always be pressure on him to perform offensively. For that reason, when he slumps there, will be more pressure on him to bust out of the slump than there is on any other player, and if Flores falls into an extended slump, the Mets will have to take him out of the lineup and start from scratch at shortstop.

2. Another Infielder With Limited Range

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2. Another Infielder With Limited Range

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In terms of outfield defense, the Mets are the class of the league, but the same can't be said on the infield. Daniel Murphy is viable defensively, but he doesn't cover a lot of ground, nor does Lucas Duda at first base. Flores adds another infielder with limited range to the Mets' lineup, which is not a good thing for a pitching staff that relies on good defense.

1. 7 Errors In 29 Games At Triple-A

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1. 7 Errors In 29 Games At Triple-A

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Flores has played 29 games at triple-A this season, mostly at shortstop, and he's already committed seven errors. Granted, errors can be a misleading statistic especially in the minor leagues, but that's an outrageous number. The Mets are tied for fifth in MLB for fewest errors committed, and it's a big reason why they've stayed competitive thus far. The Mets won't continue to play error-free baseball with Flores at shortstop.

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