There were plenty of skeptics when it came to Wilmer Flores’ ability to be an everyday shortstop defensively and apparently the Mets now agree, shifting him to second base with plans to keep him there once Daniel Murphy returns from the disabled list this week.
Flores’ defensive numbers actually weren’t terrible. He was right around average according to Ultimate Zone Rating and five runs below average according to Defensive Runs Saved. But he was definitely stretched at the position and the Mets would rather go forward with Ruben Tejada at shortstop.
Flores also hasn’t been particularly good offensively, hitting .238 with a .665 OPS in 71 games, and the bar for production is higher at second base than at shortstop. Of course, he’s also just 23 years old and hit 10 homers in three months after crushing Triple-A pitching last season. Providing that kind of pop at the plate while being a plus defensively would make a solid all-around second baseman.