Monday, in his Ten Pack at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein wrote:
It's easy to forget that Flores is younger than most high school players who got drafted last month. How many of them do you think could hit .287 in a full-season league? It's a short list, and Flores has been especially hot of late, going 4-for-4 on Sunday while batting .320 in his last 40 games. He's not a shortstop in the end, but the bat could end up really special.Emphasis added.
Over the weekend, at his Surfing the Mets Blog Adam Rubin posted the following glowing report on Flores.
By the way, a Marlins beat writer attending the Savannah Sand Gnats game on Saturday offered rave reviews for 17-year-old Wilmer Flores, the Mets’ Futures Game representative.
“Just saw Wilmer Flores have a beautiful first-inning at-bat,” he texted me. “This guy looks like a stud. He falls behind, 0-2, works count to 3-2, fouls off a couple of tough pitches, and is struck by a pitch on the left forearm, which is incorrectly ruled a foul ball. Unflustered, he strokes an RBI single over the shortstop’s head on the next pitch.”
Just remember, in three years he’ll be as old as Fernando Martinez. Patience.
As for a Marlins beat writer attending a Sand Gnats game on vacation, I’ve got no explanation.On of the things I've been wrestling with recently is how to rank Flores, Holt and Mejia. The two pitchers are much closer to the big leagues but Flores bat just keeps looking better and better.