Lost in the debut of Daisuke Matsuzaka last night, was the three-hit performance of third baseman Wilmer Flores, the player whose numbers were mostly the product of the Pacific Coast League, according to some so-called experts. Experts I took pride in calling out a couple of weeks ago, one of them projecting Flores as a .240-ish hitter in the majors.
It was the fourth multiple-hit game in 13 starts for the right-handed phenom who is now batting .306 since making his debut on August 6 – the day he turned 22-years old.
In addition to his prowess as a hitter, Flores has also shown glimpses of the middle of the order hitter many scouts projected as his 11 RBI in those 13 starts would indicate.
In his short stint thus far, we’ve seen a very disciplined hitter and as Keith Hernandez pointed out, “it’s amazing how Flores protects the plate when he has two strikes on him.”
“Nobody would know that better than you,” quipped Gary Cohen.
During the series in San Diego, Terry Collins called for ...