In 26 games overall this winter, Flores is hitting .316 with a .391 OBP, three home runs and eight RBI.
Flores, 21, hit a combined .300 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI in 493 at-bats over 130 games between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this season. After being promoted to Binghamton, Flores hit .311 with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 251 at-bats.
[avatar name="hyde"]Toby Hyde (Posted Oct. 24): I think the Mets will pursue a similar strategy with Flores that they did in the second half of 2012: he will play mostly at third base next year, but will also see time at first and second. Again, I do not think he has the range to play an average second base in the big leagues. He has the hands and arm for third, and only started to learn how to read the ball off the bat from the postion this year. Obviously, the Mets will have David Wright for at least 2013, but if Wright were to get hurt, Flores might well be the best fill-in option at third base by early 2013. The 21-year old’s bat looks close to ready. Giving him more time at all three positions will give him more ways to break into the big league lineup.