Through five seasons in the MLB, Wilmer Flores has proved to be positionally fluid. He's made at least 38 starts at each of first base, second base, third base and shortstop.
Then, this spring, Flores began taking outfield fielding drills. Now, for the first time, Flores will be starting in left field against the Nationals on Saturday.
When Flores started taking those drills in February, he said he was ready to do whatever it takes to get on the field.
"It's not like I'm going to be out there a lot," Flores said, according to Newsday's David Lennon. "Just as an option. I don't want to sit on the bench. I want to play."
It won't be easy, but Flores vowed to put in the work. Mickey Callaway must have seen enough from Flores in those drills to feel comfortable giving him the start in left field, even if it is just spring training.
"It'll be a challenge," Flores said, according to New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert. "I am used to playing infield. I am sure that I am going to put the work in and try to be the best I can be out there. We'll see how it goes."
Last season, Flores hit .271/.307/.488 in 336 AB with 18 HR and 52 RBI. This year, he hopes to get more at-bats with the added ability to play outfield.