The Weekend in Binghamton: Find the Flores? He’s at 2B

Saturday: @ Harrisburg Senators (WAS) 5, Binghamton Mets 4 
Sunday: Binghamton Mets 7, @ Harrisburg Senators 2 

This was not a fun weekend for our “Find the Flores” game. Wilmer Flores has played second base in each of the last three games while Reese Havens has remained on the bench. Flores (pictured, swinging) did have a good weekend with the stick, picking up three hits both Saturday and Sunday. With knocks in four straight games, he’s back up to .292/.337/.433 in 47 games at double-A just past his 21st birthday.

Saturday, Armando Rodriguez made a spot start and was unexceptional: 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

Sunday, Cory Mazzoni held Harrisburg to one run in five innings, but allowed nine baserunners including six hits and three walks. His 3.45 ERA in 10 double-A starts is fine, but his 5.4 K/9 is not a harbinger of future success as he’s allowed oner a hit an inning both in double-A and advanced-A. The Mets say he’s improved over the course of the year because he’s using his changeup more and I’ve had scouts tell me they liked the offering. I can’t get past the fact that he’s not missing any bats in AA to see a Major League starter. He struggled to miss bats in advanced A as well (6.8 K/9). He sits around 90-91 as a starter, but can crank it up higher is short bursts, so given that, and his 6’1″, 190 lb frame, I think he’s headed for the bullpen next year.

Juan Lagares has not played since last Tuesday with a ankle problem. He has not been placed on the disabled list, at least yet.

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