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4 Wilmer Flores SS
Height/Weight: 6-3/203 | Birthdate: 8/6/1991 | Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: New York | College: No College | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 40/26 | Average Draft Position: 243.21
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Mets' Collins on Wilmer Flores: 'I see a completely different player'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Wilmer Flores' slow start to the season is becoming a distant memory. The Mets starting shortstop singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning Tuesday against the Phillies, lifting New York to a 5-4 win.

Flores also had a game-tying sac fly in the eighth inning Tuesday and delivered a go-ahead, three-run homer Monday, which helped New York to a 6-3 win.

Flores has had his struggles defensively in 2015, but he is finally turning the corner offensively. He has hit safely in 15 of his last 17 games, while producing four home runs and 13 RBI in that span.

"I truly believe Wilmer's gotten past [his issues]," manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com. "He realizes there's going to be a day that you're going to make an error. He's got to play through that, and I think he's doing that. We're starting to see a guy who's going to start swinging the bat like we know he can. He's going to put up some offensive numbers that people are going to be pretty impressed by.

"I see a completely different player."


Mets SS Wilmer Flores blasts seventh home run of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores went 1 for 4 at the plate in New York's 6-3 win over the Phillies on Monday. Flores did his damage in the sixth inning when he crushed a three-run homer over the left field wall off of Julio De La Cruz, his seventh of the season.

"Wilmer's a very sharp guy so he gets it, he understands what they're saying. He goes out there with the ability to have yesterday be yesterday and to be ready for today," manager Terry Collins said per ESPN.com. "He made an error one night early in the game and took some abuse, and then the next eight ground balls were hit to him, he fielded them perfectly. He didn't let it get to him and I think that's why as we get deep into this season he's going to be a pretty impressive kid."

Flores is now hitting .252 with 19 RBI in 143 at-bats on the season.


Mets are in no hurry to trade young pitching for a shortstop


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/22/2015) The Mets are seeming less and less likely to deal from their surplus of young pitching, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. There have been numerous on-going talks about the team possibly looking to deal one of their young arms for a shortstop. 

But as Heyman reports, the Mets are not necessarily rushing to go out and get a shortstop. The club is apparently willing to give Wilmer Flores more time to prove himself. They also have a stock of young shortstops in the minor leagues, including Matt Reynolds, Gavin Cecchini and 19-year-old Amed Rosario.


Mets alter lineup with Curtis Granderson getting day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Cardinals for the first time in 10 games. With Granderson out of the starting lineup, center fielder Juan Lagares moved into the leadoff spot for the third time this season.

That wasn't the only change to the lineup manager Terry Collins made. He moved shortstop Wilmer Flores into the second spot in the batting order. Flores has started to improve offensively, batting .262 with a .524 slugging percentage, two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI in his last 11 games.

Third baseman Eric Campbell, who hit second the last four games, was moved to seventh in the lineup.


Mets SS Wilmer Flores belts grand slam in rout of Brewers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores hit his second career grandslam, as the Mets pulverised the Brewers 14-1 on Saturday. Flores' slam was his team-leading sixth home run of the season and came during the team's 10-run fourth inning.

"I was looking for something up," Flores said to NJ.com. "It was a fastball. He threw it right down the middle, and I was ready for it. I put a good swing on it.

"A good feeling," he said of hitting his team-best sixth home run of the year. "Every time you hit a homer it's a good feeling, but with the bases loaded and in this situation, it feels good. As a team and for myself."

Flores, who went 2 for 4 with four RBI on Saturday, is now hitting .250 on the season as he continues to be the Mets' primary option at short.


Mets still pushing for more offense from Wilmer Flores


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has struggled on defense so far this season. Manager Terry Collins was hoping his bat would step up, but instead he's struggled there as well, according to ESPN.com.

"If he had 11 home runs and was hitting .285 right now, there would not even be a discussion," Collins said. "He'd be driving in a lot of runs."

However, Collins still believes in Flores.
"I really believe that when we get in the summer, he's going to put up some big numbers," Collins said.
Flores is hitting .240 with five home runs and 11 RBI in 104 at-bats this season.

Wilmer Flores goes deep in Mets' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. 

Flores went deep with a solo shot in the fourth inning, his fifth of the season, driving in his eleventh run.

After a 1-for-4 day, Flores is hitting .238. 


Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores blasts fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores went 1 for 3 at the plate in New York's 4-3 win over the Cubs on Monday. Flores did his damage in the sixth inning, crushing a Jon Lester pitch over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his fourth of the season.

Flores is now hitting .242 with 10 RBI in 91 at-bats this season.


Terry Collins: Mets SS Wilmer Flores 'has a lot on his plate'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Terry Collins said via the New York Post that Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores "has a lot on his plate." And it apparently has nothing to do with eating.

Pitchers, however, have been eating him up, which is why he's not in the lineup Saturday in Philadelphia.

Flores has just three hits in his last 28 at-bats as his average has dipped to .229, its lowest point since April 18.


Rival: Mets should be patient with Wilmer Flores


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is off to a rough start offensively and defensively in 2015. However, one rival said the Mets should be patient with the 23-year-old infielder, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

"There are plenty of teams that would be happy to have Flores playing shortstop," the rival said.


Mets manager Terry Collins committed to Wilmer Flores at SS


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) The Mets are committed to Wilmer Flores at shortstop, despite his seven errors in 27 games, and manager Terry Collins recently told him so, reports the New York Post.

“I told him today, ‘Fresh start, Day 1. Let’s get after it, and be the player we know you can be,'" Collins said.

Flores performed like that player Tuesday night, lashing a key double off the wall in left field as part of the Mets’ three-run fourth inning that led to a 3-2 victory over the Orioles at Citi Field.

Mets' Wilmer Flores not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is not in the lineup for a second straight day Sunday against the Nationals.

Flores has started 21 of his team's 25 games at the shortstop position, but Ruben Tejada will get the call for a second straight day. Tejada was 1 for 3 Saturday but is just 4 for 21 with three walks and two doubles on the season, while Flores has hit .240/.278/.387 with three home runs and eight RBI in 75 at-bats. Flores has also committed errors in three straight starts.

"We're hoping a couple of days refreshes him and gets him back on track," manager Terry Collins said Sunday morning, per ESPN New York.

The Mets are favorites (-110) against the Nationals Sunday.


Mets may leave Wilmer Flores on bench Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores sat out Saturday's game, and he may get a second consecutive day off on Sunday. 

Manager Terry Collins said that Flores needs a mental break. He committed his seventh error of the season on Friday, although Collins said that didn't lead to the benching. 

"After last night, you can tell, this guy just needs to take a deep breath and forget about it for a day," Collins said, per NJ.com. "With Monday off, we've talked about whether or not we even give him tomorrow (Sunday) off. Just to let him get some energy back, forget about what's happened and let's move forward."


Curtis Granderson, Kevin Plawecki, Wilmer Flores out of Mets' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Mets gave several regulars a rest on Saturday. 

Right fielder Curtis Granderson, catcher Kevin Plawecki and shortstop Wilmer Flores are all out of the starting lineup. 

John Mayberry makes his third start of the year in right, batting leadoff. Ruben Tejada makes his fourth start at short, batting seventh. Luke Recker will catch and bat eighth. 


Mets GM Alderson: Wilmer Flores has 'plenty of room' despite errors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters he's preaching patience with shortstop Wilmer Flores. Alderson said Flores has "plenty of room" despite his errors, per the Wall Street Journal.

"This is not a hope and a prayer," Alderson said.

Flores committed his sixth error of the season Thursday night against Washington, and it proved to be costly. He botched a double-play ground ball in the fourth inning, which led to a three-run inning for Washington in an 8-2 victory over New York.

Flores remained in the lineup and will bat sixth Friday night against Max Scherzer. He is 0 for 5 in his career against Scherzer. In 21 games, Flores is hitting .254 (18 for 71) with two doubles, three homers and eight RBI.


Mets' Collins continues to preach patience with Wilmer Flores


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores committed his sixth error of the season Thursday against the Nationals, and Thursday's mistake was very costly. Flores bungled a likely double-play grounder in the fourth innning, which led to a three-run inning for Washington on its way to an 8-2 win.

Mets manager Terry Collins said the error “changed the tide, no question about it," per The Wall Street Journal. However, the Mets skipper continues to preach patience with Flores.

“When we decided he was going to be the shortstop, we realized there might be a couple rough spots,” Collins said. “I think you have to be a little patient and continue to tell Wilmer, ‘Listen, you’ve just got to slow down, relax and make the plays.'"

The Mets announced after Thursday's game they are promoting infield prospect Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas. However, Herrera is expected to play at second base, with Daniel Murphy moving to third base in David Wright's absence. For now, Flores' job is safe, despite his defensive woes.

“Sometimes things don’t go your way,” Flores said. “Nobody wants to make an error. I just got to shake it off.”


Mets SS Wilmer Flores coming out of funk


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores hit just .182 over the season's first 10 games, but credits manager Terry Collins for sticking with him as his bat begins to warm up, per NJ.com.

Flores saw his eight-game hitting streak come to an end in Sunday's loss to the Yankees, but he has raised his average to .276 with three homers - tied for second in the majors among shortstops. 

"I know that everything would come around and I would start doing good," Flores said. "I've had the opportunity to play everyday in the minors and I know how it goes. If I start everyday I know I'm going to hit. Just gotta keep pushing, keep pushing. I have the opportunity to play everyday so that's why I wasn't worried about it."


Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores rips third homer of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores went 2 for 4 at the plate in New York's 3-2 win over the Braves Wednesday. Flores found success early, picking up an RBI single in the second inning to score Eric Campbell.

Then in the seventh, Flores ripped an 0-1 pitch from Cody Martin over the left center field wall for a solo home run, his third of the season. Flores is now hitting .273 with seven RBI in 44 at-bats.


Mets SS Wilmer Flores picking it up offensively


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores singled twice Tuesday vs. Atlanta, giving him multiple hits in back-to-back games for the first time this season. 

Flores has hit safely in six of his last seven games after batting .125 through his first five games. He is batting .333 (8 for 24) with one double, two home runs, five RBI and six runs in his last seven games.

Flores is doing most of his damage against right-handed pitchers. He is batting .265 with two home runs and five RBI against righties, as opposed to .167 with one double against lefties.


Mets' Michael Cuddyer, Wilmer Flores out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer and shortstop Wilmer Flores are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Marlins.

It's just the second time on the bench this season for both players. Kirk Nieuwenhuis will bat seventh and play left field, while Ruben Tejada will bat eighth and play shortstop. The break for both starters comes even though the team is also off Monday.

"You've just got to understand that we've still got 150 to go, and we need those guys to stay as healthy as you can," manager Terry Collins said before the game, per ESPN New York.

The Mets are heavy favorites (-200) against the Marlins Sunday.


Mets SS Wilmer Flores keys offense in Saturday win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores didn't perform like an eight-hole hitter Saturday night against Miami. And he didn't perform like a batter with no multi-hit games this season.

Flores slugged a two-run homer to cap a three-run sixth and added a single in the victory. He nudged his average 40 points to .222 in the process and is batting .300 in his last six games.


Mets' Wilmer Flores slugs three-run home run vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 7-5 win over the Marlins Thursday.

"Tonight was a big step forward for him," Collins said of Flores after the game, per MLB.com. "It was huge for us, and also for Wilmer. There has been a lot written about how high expectations are for him offensively, and you have to live up to expectations. I think tonight might really jumpstart him."

Flores came up with two men on and his team down three runs in the fifth inning and was able to tie the game with his first home run of the season. He has hit .172/.250/.310 while collecting four runs. His three RBI Thursday were his first of the season.


Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores dealing with sore hand


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is dealing with a sore hand, but will be able to play in Wednesday's game against the Phillies, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Flores was hit by a pitch in the second inning by David Buchanan, but was able to stay in the game Tuesday. He went 0 for 2 with a run scored and is hitting .160 this season.


Mets' Alderson on Wilmer Flores: 'It hasn't been super'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Monday that he hasn't been completely satisfied with the performance of shortstop Wilmer Flores over the first week of the season, The Star-Ledger reports.

"It hasn't been super," Alderson said about Flores' opening week. "He's made some good plays. He's made some mistakes. He hasn't hit yet, but that's true of about six or seven of our guys. Wilmer is one of those guys that doesn't let things bother him typically. As long as we don't get to the point where we allow that to affect him then I think he'll be fine."

Flores is just 3 for 19 with one double in six games, and he's already made three errors at the shortstop position in just one week of play. The infielder made four errors as a shortstop in 2014 across 443 1/3 innings.


Wilmer Flores (foot) returns to Mets' Grapefruit League lineup


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Wilmer Flores returned to the Mets' lineup and will hit second Thursday night against the Yankees in Grapefruit League play, according to ESPN. Flores was sidelined since Sunday, after he fouled a pitch off his left foot. He is hitting .342/.350/.605 in 38 at-bats.