This morning at Tradition Field, Wilmer Flores worked out at second base with Daniel Murphy. He took ground balls, worked on pivoting for the double play, and reacting to plays to his left and right...
While watching Flores, Paul DePodesta told me Flores is one of the guys he will have his eyes on most this Spring. DePodesta said he's particularly impressed with how Flores has handled second base during the last year or so.
He acknowledged that Flores's size might limit his foot speed in the middle infield, but he says his range is deceptive and Flores can compensate with his extended length and reach.
Flores will work at both second and third base this season, he said.
I've spent a lot of time watching Flores during his professional career. His best position appears to be third base, but obviously that won’t work out for him in here because of David Wright. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t establish himself at second base as well, which he's going to get an opportunity to do. In fact, after listening to DePodesta today, it sounded as though Flores's ability to make it to Flushing will clearly be determined by his ability to play second base.
Flores has told me before he is willing to transition to any position the Mets ask him to play, which is encouraging. For now though, it’s important for him to play where he’s most comfortable so his offense doesn't suffer a setback. I expect he will head to Triple-A to open this season, where he has the opportunity to mash and make his power standout in the thin air of Las Vegas.