Flores manning first base for Vegas

With Ike Davis' freefall continuing, Wilmer Flores happens to be playing first base with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday night for only the second time this season.

lastname Flores Flores nearly exclusively has appeared at second base with the 51s. He has appeared in nine career minor league games at first base. The other seven instances occurred with Double-A Binghamton last season.

Flores entered Friday's game batting .271 with four homers, 28 RBIs and a .323 on-base percentage in 191 plate appearances with the 51s.

He originally played shortstop during his professional career, but was moved off the position last season because of slow foot speed.

A scout who has watched Las Vegas this season said Friday: "Mets fans are going to be shocked and disappointed at the lack of mobility and range of Flores. No way he will be able to handle anything other than first base in the major leagues. And he doesn't project enough power at that position to be an everyday guy."