FLASH: 3rd Round of Cuts Include den Dekker, Nieuwenheis, and Flores


Wilmer Flores, Matt den Dekker, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Zach Lutz sent to minor-league camp. now with 33 in camp, including Hefner, Harvey.


Anonymous said...

Essentially, the team is going to continue working Flores at SS in preparation of Tejada failing during the month of April.

I personally like this plan. It fine tunes Flores at SS with the AAA club that way he's not an embarrassment when he does come up. I'll tell you what though....if Flores can be servicable at SS, his value at least doubles maybe triples.

Tom Brennan said...

I feel really bad for Dekker - this spring last year and he is opening day CF. Hopefully, he tears it up down there and is back soon.

I agree with Chris' take on Flores - send him down, as long as they plan on calling him up very quickly - give him a few weeks in Vegas to shake off the SS cobwebs, and bring him up as our everyday SS. Pull him for a defensive replacement late in games. His offense + mediocre defense exceeds what Ruben will provide.

bgreg98180 said...

Only concern with Flores playing ss in AAA Vegas is that the field there is always reported as horrible.
Have to make sure bad bounces don't get in Flores' head
and not over react to errors that are a result of poor field conditions
truthfully I would favor Flores splitting time with Tejada to start the year and give Wright/Murphy rest on additional days
this way he could start 4-5 days a week

Anonymous said...


Someone reported via Twitter when the Mets and Cubs went to Las Vegas that the Cashman Field infield was actually re-surfaced a bit this off-season.

Mack Ade said...

Chris -

As I mentioned on a comment on my morning post... we make such a big deal abouut who goes north on March 31st to play in a snow storm

Let TC bring the 'vets' north... Vegas will be ready for the phonecall

Mack Ade said...

Bob Gregory -

Flores grew up playing on bad fields... he's do better on them

Mack Ade said...

Chris Re: Vegas infield

This is true.

They actually have (finally) hired a full time person to manage and maintain the field, if that is possible in grass temps of 117

Hobie said...

I was ready to throw Flores in as the regular SS with Reuben the UTL IF. but maybe this is better: reuben on a short leash and Wilmer playing every day in LV.

I had den Dekker getting sufficient AB's vs RHP spotting Lagares & CY often enough, but this seems to say we're going North with 4 OF'ers and BOTH Duda & Ike, and two of Stain/Brown/seratelli...or Campbell??

Anonymous said...


With Niese on the DL to start the season I expect the team to role with 6 bench players until he comes off.

C- Recker
1B/OF- Duda
1B/3B- Satin
SS/2B- Quintanilla
OF/2B- Young
OF/1B- Brown

Reese Kaplan said...

If they're all fired up to play Ruben Tejada at SS every day, then Seratelli should be the backup as he offers power and speed. Granted, Quintanilla has a better glove, but let's not make him out to be Mark Belanger.

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