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Flores' bat (and he's hitting about the way his better projections expected--this wasn't completely unexpected) will play in a corner
They may have been keeping him at third because they thought they'd need to replace Wright.
It should be remembered about Flores that he's a guy the scouts like - the way he squares up, the ball jumps off the bat, etc. etc. scout lingo. So you have to judge what you think of that. Obviously some people give that kind of thing more credence than others. The numbers alone are less impressive than the numbers of plenty of guys who didn't make it.
In my ideal world, the Mets leave Flores at 3B for the year, he has a good season, and then in the off-season he gets packaged with one of their pitching prospects for one of the OF bats they need.
Flores moved off shortstop last year and performed adequately at both third base and second base. His arm works just fine at third and he doesn't make an excessive number of errors, but his range is mediocre. His bat profiles better at second base, but he probably lacks the requisite quickness to play there long-term. He doesn't run well enough to be an attractive outfield option, but will he hit enough to play first base?
Though Flores always has shown offensive upside, his position remains in doubt. He's a 20 runner on the 20-80 scouting scale, and his heavy feet severely limit his range at third base. His hands are fine and he has a strong arm, but his lack of speed leaves first base as his only other option if he can't handle the hot corner.
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