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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%: 30/15 | Average Draft Position: 243.10
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Mets' Michael Cuddyer, Wilmer Flores out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10:11 am ET) 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.

Mets' Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores take part in infield drills


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Daniel Murphy (hamstring) and Wilmer Flores (foot) both took part in infield drills at the Mets' spring training facility on Wednesday, according to the New York Daily News. Flores, who fouled a pitch off his left foot Sunday, played shortstop, while Murphy lined up at first base. Both players expect to be ready for Opening Day.

"I feel good," Murphy said, per the New York Daily News. "It feels good. I mean, I feel better than I did a couple of days ago, when it happened. So each day I'll hopefully progress, and we'll see how it feels tomorrow. I don't want to come out and say I'll be ready, and then not be ready."


Mets' Wilmer Flores (foot) could return to action Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mets manager Terry Collins said Tuesday that shortstop Wilmer Flores (foot) may be able to resume Grapefruit League action Thursday, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Flores fouled a pitch off his left foot Sunday and was still having issues walking Monday. However, the shortstop planned to take part in some baseball activities Tuesday while not yet running. The team expects Flores to be ready for Opening Day.


Mets' Flores planning to stretch, throw and hit on Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores (foot) plans to stretch, throw and hit on Tuesday, according to ESPN. However, he will not run.

Flores is sidelined after fouling a baseball off his left foot Sunday. While the Mets have no timetable for his return, they are expecting him to be ready by Opening Day.


Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores: I'm having problems walking


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is still having issues with his left foot Monday after fouling a pitch of it in Sunday's game.

"I am having problems walking," said Flores to the New York Post, who removed the protective boot he had been wearing.

Manager Terry Collins still doesn't have a timetable for Flores' return, but doesn't think he will miss the beginning of the season.

"It's one of those things, it got him right in the joint," Collins said. "It may be another two days before he is out there."


Mets' Wilmer Flores not in danger of missing Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is not in danger of being sidelined for the regular-season opener as he recovers from a foot injury, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

Flores is suffering from a bruised foot after being hit by a foul ball Sunday, and he left the park after Sunday's game in a walking boot, though he didn't need the boot Monday. He's 13 for 38 with two home runs and seven RBI this spring and is day-to-day moving forward.


Mets' Wilmer Flores in protective boot after fouling ball off foot


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Mets' infielder Wilmer Flores fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's game. While he was able to finish the at bat, he left the park wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

X-rays came back negative on Flores' foot and was diagnosed as bruised, according to ESPN.com.

Manager Terry Collins said that Flores would "probably be hurting tomorrow", per Newsday's Marc Carig.


Mets GM: Wilmer Flores will remain at SS


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) With the potential injury to Daniel Murphy muddling the Mets' second base situation, general manager Sandy Alderson said the team will not shift shortstop Wilmer Flores to second if Murhpy lands on the disabled list, according to ESPN.com. 

Flores played 19 games at second base last season and 51 at shortstop for the Mets. 

"Wilmer is (our) shortstop," Aldersaon said. "It's taken us this long to convince you guys that Wilmer is the shortstop."


Mets' Long impressed with Wilmer Flores: 'He just doesn't miss'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores is batting .414 (12 for 29) with one home run, four doubles, five RBI and five runs in nine spring games.

New hitting coach Kevin Long has only been working with Flores for a little while, but the 23-year-old infielder has already left a strong impression.

"Wilmer Flores, he just doesn’t miss," Long said, per the New York Post. "If you throw a strike, he’s going to do damage.”


Mets giving Wilmer Flores a close look at shortstop


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores has been able to keep doubters away so far this spring. Flores has shown vast improvement on defense, including a diving grab on Xander Bogaerts Sunday, reports N.Y. Daily News.

"He's centered on one job and one job only. He is not bouncing around at second or backing up David," manager Terry Collins said. "Look, we have to find out if he can play shortstop. But so far he’s done well."


Mets SS Wilmer Flores (finger) back in spring lineup Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores returned to the spring lineup Friday against the Tigers after leaving Wednesday's spring game against the Nationals. Flores exited Wednesday's game after getting hit on the right pinkie finger in the fifth inning.

Mets' Wilmer Flores exits spring game after HBP on wrist/forearm


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was forced out of Thursday's spring training game after being hit by a pitch on the wrist/forearm region, reports MLB.com. Manager Terry Collins told reporters that his hand was "fine" after the game, per ESPN.

Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the shortstop job after he hit .251 in 78 games and had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop in 2014.


Jose Reyes on Mets' Ruben Tejada: 'Something is wrong'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) When asked about former Mets teammate Ruben Tejada, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes shook his head and said "something is wrong," per Newsday.

Reyes revealed that during his final season with the Mets he tried to pass the torch to Tejada to become his replacement. Reyes landed in Miami in the offseason, and Tejada was destined to be his permanent replacement. Now entering spring training, Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets.

"Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes said. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not...He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.

"When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him. We were always together. My last year there, every time I talk to him: 'This is going to be your position for a long time. Don't let it go away.' See what happened now? It's 2015 and he doesn't have a position to play. When they talk about who is going to play every day, they don't talk about Tejada. They talk about Flores."


Mets' Wilmer Flores ready to compete for starting shortstop job


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Although Mets infielder Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop, he is taking nothing for granted.

"I'm just here like the years before, fighting for a job," he said, per NJ.com. "I got nothing secure so I'm just fighting for it.

"Everybody has their own opinion about every guy and about every player. Just wait until I play, until I play the season. We'll see how it goes. I'm ready to take this job and I'm ready to fight."


Mets GM makes parallels between Wilmer Flores and Cal Ripken Jr.


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/3/2015) As the start of spring training nears, it appears the Mets are no longer looking to make an upgrade at shortstop and will give Wilmer Flores the chance to win the starting job. 

The Mets stopped using Flores as a shortstop in the minors in 2011 before moving him back to the position last season because of a need at the position. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson seems confident Flores could be a better shortstop this time around.

"In looking at Cal Ripken's career, you know he didn't play shortstop until he got to the major leagues," Alderson said, per ESPN. "There's been a lot of conversation about Wilmer Flores and whether he can play the position. Cal Ripken didn't play shortstop professionally until he got to Baltimore. He had been a shortstop when he was signed as a high school player, was moved off of shortstop almost immediately to third base, came up to Baltimore having played the vast majority of his games at third base, and it was [manager Earl] Weaver that moved him to shortstop, I think, a few months into his major-league career. 

"So shortstops are often questioned as to their ability to play the position -- and even the greats like Cal Ripken, who's not a prototypical shortstop of, say, the Mark Belanger variety, whom he replaced in Baltimore. It happens with a lot of players, so maybe that's a good sign for somebody like Wilmer Flores."


Mets appear ready to head to camp with Flores, Tejada in mix at SS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't rushed into a move this offseason to acquire a shortstop, and it appears the team will head to spring training with Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada vying for the starting shortstop job.

"We’ve continued to have conversations, but nothing is likely to occur," Alderson told the New York Post.


Alderson: 'Very high' probability Flores will be starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Mets general manager Sandy Alderson indicated Tuesday there is a "very high" probability Wilmer Flores will be the team's opening day shortstop. His comment comes during the same meeting with the media he said the Mets are "unlikely" to submit a bid for Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

"We've been looking at it. We've been talking to Alan Nero, who has represented Kang," Alderson said Tuesday, per ESPN. "It's about the transition from the Korean league to Major League Baseball. It's about questions surrounding the player's ability to stay shortstop -- or possibly having to move elsewhere. Those are really the two major issues for us. I'm not saying we won't make a bid, but I'd say right now it's less likely."


Mets' Collins not ready to name Flores starting SS, Tejada still in mix


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday even if the team doesn't acquire a shortstop, he won't name Wilmer Flores the starting shortstop. He said beleaguered infielder Ruben Tejada will be in the mix this spring as well.

Collins has a slightly different view than general manager Sandy Alderson, who said Sunday the likelihood of Flores being the starting shortstop are increasing.

"Where we are today, that's the likelihood but that doesn't mean it'll happen," Alderson said, per NJ.com. "If you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably."


Likelihood of Wilmer Flores remaining Mets' starting SS are increasing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) Not much has changed regarding the Mets' search for a shortstop since the GM meetings in November. Wilmer Flores is still penciled in as the starting shortstop and the likelihood of that remaining the case is increasing.

"Where we are today, that's the likelihood but that doesn't mean it'll happen," general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday, per NJ.com. "If you look around at all the possibilities, is it more likely than not? Probably."


Mets' Alderson won't panic if Wilmer Flores is starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/12/2014) Although the Mets are in the market for a shortstop, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday he won't panic if Wilmer Flores is the opening day shortstop in 2015, according to The Star-Ledger.

While Flores hit .251 in 78 games, he actually hit well down the stretch. He batted .267 with a .489 slugging percentage, .791 OPS, one triple, four home runs, six doubles, 13 RBI and 15 runs over his final 23 games. He also had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop in 2014.