Wilmer Flores, Infield, New York Mets, #4
Date of Birth: 8/6/1991
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Wilmer Flores, infielder for the New York Mets, signed with the Mets in 2007 when he was just 16 years old. He started playing in the Mets' minor league system a year later. He first joined the Mets in 2013, playing in 27 games with them that season.
In 2014, Flores split his time between the minor leagues and the Mets. He played in 78 games with the Mets and he batted .251 with 65 hits, 13 doubles, 1 triple, and 6 home runs. Defensively, he played 19 games at second base, 1 game at third base, and 51 games at shortstop. He had a special day on June 2, 2014, when he hit his first grand slam and drove in 6 RBIs.
Flores became a fan favorite on July 29, 2015, after his emotional reaction on the field when he heard rumors that he had been traded. The rumors turned out to be wrong and in his next game, Flores hit a walk-off home run to cheering fans. He finished the season with 127 hits, 22 doubles, 16 home runs, 59 RBIs, and a .263 batting average in 137 games. As a shortstop, he made 267 assists, 62 double plays, 119 putouts, and 14 errors in 103 games. He didn't fare so well in postseason play, batting just .195 with 8 hits, including 2 doubles and a triple, and a stolen base in 41 at-bats in 13 games.
In 2016, Flores batted .267 in 103 games. He finished the season with 82 hits, 14 doubles, 16 home runs, and 49 RBIs. Defensively, he played 27 games at first base, 18 games at second base, 51 games at third base, and 8 games at shortstop.
Career batting statistics for Flores through 2016 include:
- 345 games played
- 294 hits
- 54 doubles
- 150 RBIs
- 165 strikeouts to 59 walks
- .257 batting average
- 27 games played at first base, 76 games played at second base, 78 games played at third base, 162 games played at shortstop
- 717 assists
- 166 double plays
- 494 putouts
- 31 errors