March 11, 2014

Wilmer Flores To Start At Shortstop Today

If Wilmer Flores is going to make a late run at the Opening Day roster, today's the day he needs to start his push.  Flores will finally see a long awaited start at shortstop, as the Mets continue to search for answers at the position.  Thought to be too slow for the position in recent years, Flores' offseason body transformation has some within the Mets hoping for increased range at the position.

Flores has done little else to justify going north with the team thus far this spring, other than not being named Ruben Tejada.  In nineteen at-bats, Flores has only two hits and is still searching for his first extra-base hit.  He has however been flawless in twenty-three chances in the field.  That's not an honer that Tejada can claim, as he's made two errors in just seventeen chances.

Flores remains a long shot at shortstop, but if you've been preaching that he should get a chance at the position, your day has arrived.  Its unlikely that he will shine defensively, meaning his bat will have to provide his strongest argument.  So far, its remained dormant.  If things don't change in short order, he will be headed to Vegas in a few weeks time.

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