#6 – SS Wilmer Flores

Bats/Throws: R/R

Height/Weight: 6’3”/175 lbs

Acquired: NDFA

Born: 8/6/91 (Valencia, VZ)

2009 Rank: 2

Why Ranked Here: Flores is blessed with excellent hand eye coordination, which helps him make lots and lots of contact at the plate.  A Mets official told me that for a teenager playing the SAL, his strikeout percentage was historically good, but unfortunately, I don’t have their full database at my disposal here.  He hit for power in 2008 in the Appalachian League with an extra-base hit in 9% of his PA, but that rate was nearly halved to 4.7% in 2009 as 17-year old in the SAL.  However his big body and room for growth and strength give hope that he will continue to add power as he ages and end up with above average big league power.

One problem for Flores is that he’s very unlikely to stay at shortstop. Already a below-average runner, he’s not going to get any faster and below average runners can’t cover the ground demanded of MLB SS.  His arm is strong enough to play third, but he’ll have to learn the footwork for the hot corner. How far down the defensive spectrum Flores eventually moves will have a lot to say about his long-term value.  The Mets were concerned about Flores’ shape and eating habits and made some changes to help the teen learn good habits that helped result in a much healthier and stronger ballplayer as the 2009 season progressed.

2009: Flores seemed to be figuring things out in June (.309/.340/.426/) and July (.282/.310/.364) before running out of gas in August (.188/.245/.198).

Dr. Pangloss Says: He’s going to hit.  So, lets say he sticks at third base and he becomes an All-Star with the bat there.

Debbie Downer Says: He lands at 1B and doesn’t hit for enough power to be an impact guy over there.

Projected 2010 Start: Savannah

MLB Arrival: September 2013


G AB H 2B 3B HR BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG BB% SO% XBH% BABIP
08 R – APP 59 245 76 12 4 8 12 28 2 1 .310 .352 .490 4.5 10.5 9.0 .322
08 A – SAL 1 5 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .400 .400 .400 0.0 40.0 0.0 .667
08 SSA – NYP 8 30 8 1 0 0 1 7 0 0 .267 .290 .300 3.1 21.9 3.1 .348
09 A – SAL 125 488 129 20 2 3 22 72 3 3 .264 .305 .332 4.2 13.6 4.7 .301
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