Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We continue our series today with a look at infielder Wilmer Flores.
2013 Stats: 27 Games, 20 Hits, .211 Batting Average, 1 Home Run, 13 RBI's, 5 BB's, 23 K's, 8 Runs, .542 OPS
2013 Story: After tearing the cover off the ball at Triple-A, Flores patiently waited his time for a shot with the Mets. That shot finally came in August, when David Wright hurt his hamstring and was placed on the disabled list. The Mets recalled Flores and gave him a shot at his natural position of third base. The 22 year old's long awaited debut was great for the Mets, as he tore the cover off the ball in his first week of professional baseball. Flores drove in nine runs in his first seven games before twisting his ankle rounding third base in Los Angeles on August 12th. The ankle injury really slowed Flores down, and combined with the adjustments major league pitchers made to him it was not good. Flores really slumped over the next few weeks and earned less and less playing time from manager Terry Collins. The Mets did give him one start at second base which was an unmitigated disaster, and they never played Flores outside of third base again. Flores' playing time started going to Josh Satin and eventually Wright upon his return.
2013 Grade: C-. Flores started off his rookie campaign with a bang and ended with a whimper. The ankle injury certainly hurt Flores, but his struggles certainly hurt his stock a bit.
Contract Status: Pre-Arbitration Eligible
Odds of Returning: 99%
2014 Role: Backup Infielder
Flores is likely to be back with the Mets' organization in 2014 barring a trade. Where Flores plays, however, is up for debate. Flores is blocked at his two most common positions, third and second, by David Wright and Daniel Murphy. The Mets have toyed with the idea of Flores playing first, but that appears to be unlikely. Flores could fill the utility role that Jordany Valdespin had in 2013, but he likely won't break camp with the Mets.
Check back tomorrow for Mets 101's Player Review of relief pitcher Frank Francisco!
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