There’s considerable angst — publicly, at least, if not necessarily privately within the organization — regarding Wilmer Flores’ ability to play shortstop. The specifics of that angst vary, but most of the concerns are summarized by the footage below.
What that is, is Wilmer Flores failing in a pretty spectacular way to convert a ground ball — a pretty routine ground ball, it appears — into an out. It’s rare to see shortstops flail about in this way. Locating similar footage of Andrelton Simmons, for example, would prove difficult.
On the other hand, Flores — according to the numbers — hasn’t been a disaster yet at shortstop. And the prospect of his offensive ability with even slightly below-average defense is inviting.
Mack - I'm sure Flores is sick of watching all this negative footage; however, so is the Mets brass as well as the fan base.
Frankly, I've always been critical of his SS play and have stated a number of times that he will never play the major leagues at short (due to his slowness and legs/feet issues). That being said, I'm pretty impressed with what he has done going into the regular season.
The bat was predicted but his defensive work has, overall , been a plus.
Baring injuries, he's got my vote for 2015.