Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 5/8/14
Shortstop has been a black hole for the Mets in 2014 and they have decided to punt defense and go with their best internal option by promoting long-time prospect Wilmer Flores from Triple-A. Flores is riding a hot streak where in his last eight games he has a 1.500 OPS thanks to seven extra-base hits in his last 29 ABs. For the season, Flores has a .307/.360/.500 line, which would be wonderful if it was produced in Buffalo but since it was put up in Las Vegas it’s another story completely. When you look at all the batters, including pitchers, for Las Vegas, an .860 OPS is just barely above average. As a team, Las Vegas has an .850 OPS so far in 2014. There are 11 hitters besides Flores to amass at least 50 PA for Las Vegas and six of them have a higher OPS. Andrew Brown, Allan Dykstra and Taylor Teagarden all have a four-digit OPS and few are clamoring for their promotions to the big club. Unfortunately, since the Mets moved to the desert, they’ve found that for their hitt...
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