The Weekend in AA: Where in the Infield is Wilmer Flores?

Saturday: Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 5, @ Binghamton Mets 1
Sunday: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Portland Sea Dogs 2

 – Wilmer Flores played third base Saturday and first base Sunday. A 1-for-8 weekend dropped him to .279/.321/.426 in 34 games in AA as a 20-year old. His position update: 5 games at first, 8 at second and 15 at third. Sure, the Mets have to get Flores, Marte and Havens into the lineup everyday. However, if the Mets thought Flores could be good at either second or third, he would not be playing first so regularly.

Juan Lagares had hits in both games over the weekend and two walks Sunday. In 27 games in July, he’s hitting .322/.347/.461 with five walks against 17 strikeouts. For the year, he’s now at .281/.333/.384 in 103 games with 69 strikeouts against 31 walks. He probably lands in tweener-ville as a fourth outfielder who won’t play centerfield everyday, nor hits for enough power to play on the corner for a playoff team. All that said, I still think he’s a big leaguer.

– Saturday, LHP Adam Kolarek made his AA debut in a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. I wrote more about him Friday. He’s been very tough against lefties in the minors, and has enough fastball to survive in a MLB LOOGY role.

– Frank Francisco, rehabbing his strained oblique, threw an inning on Sunday, allowing one hit. He was originally scheduled to throw Saturday, but was “tight.”

– Sunday starter Mark Cohoon: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. His level is AA. He can help a team in the Eastern League, but has trouble at AAA where he has a 6.77 ERA in 102.1 innings in the last two years. RHP Greg Peavey Saturday: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR – 5.67 ERA.

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