Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
The 23-year-old Flores entered the season with big questions about his defense, but the Mets are saying it has improved enough to stick at shortstop. In a too-small sample (443 innings), Flores’ defense was rated as a positive. He certainly looks ugly visually, but so does Jhonny Peralta. For those who don’t know, UZR has ranked Peralta as among the best defensemen in three of the last four seasons. Another not-so-smooth slick fielder who comes to mind is Chase Utley. It’s not ludicrous to allow the possibility that Flores might play a passable shortstop without ever looking good at it.