Wilmer to get short look in Grapefruit play

February, 23, 2014

Adam RubinWilmer Flores mans shortstop during Sunday's workout.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Terry Collins again pledged Sunday to get Wilmer Flores some time at shortstop during Grapefruit League play.

"First of all, I tip my hat to him. He's got a whole different body right now than he did at the end of the season," Collins said about Flores, who took grounders at both middle-infield positions during Sunday's workout. "He went to the [fitness and nutrition] camp in Michigan. He looks tremendous. He came in lighter. He came in more athletic.

"I'm going to let him play some shortstop, but I want to see him at second. I want to see him at third.

"The bat potential is off the charts," Collins continued. "Everybody talks about what a big RBI guy he is, what he's going to be. Somebody told me yesterday they've watched him in winter ball for a few years and he reminds them of Fonzie [Edgardo Alfonzo]. That is a big statement. And I don't like to compare guys. But that is a big statement, because Edgardo was an outstanding offensive player. And if that's what Wilmer Flores is going to be, obviously you have to find a position for him to play."
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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