Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores
27-Year-Old First Baseman1B
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Flores has displayed a high level of statistical consistency. For the past few seasons, a double-digit homer total and a .260-ish batting average have been money in the bank for him, but there were some disturbing trends in 2018. A look at his ISO (SLG-BA) from 2014 through 2017 shows an annual increase and some thought that 2018 could be another level for Flores with increased playing time. He did get just over 60 more plate appearances than he did in 2017, but his ISO fell 67 points and his season ended with the diagnosis of early-onset arthritis in both knees. Flores' production is limited by the fact that he has been a below-average offensive producer against righties throughout his career as his slugging percentage is 65 points higher against lefties (.471) than against righties (.406). Flores ultimately landed with the Diamondbacks in free agency and is expected to take over at second base, pushing Ketel Marte to center field. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4.25 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January of 2019. Contract includes a $6 million team option ($500,000 buyout) for 2020.
Grabs seat Wednesday
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April 17, 2019
Flores is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Braves.
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Flores has started five of the last six games for Arizona, going 4-for-17 (.235) with a 1:2 BB:K in those contests. He'll grab a seat on the bench Wednesday, with Ketel Marte starting at the keystone and Jarrod Dyson entering the lineup in center field.
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vs Right-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+8%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .711 281 29 8 29 1 .262 .295 .415
Since 2017vs Right .770 560 61 21 75 0 .267 .318 .452
2019vs Left .623 23 3 0 0 0 .273 .304 .318
2019vs Right .462 27 2 0 1 0 .160 .222 .240
2018vs Left .610 148 11 1 16 0 .237 .284 .326
2018vs Right .804 281 32 10 35 0 .283 .338 .466
2017vs Left .862 110 15 7 13 1 .291 .309 .553
2017vs Right .765 252 27 11 39 0 .262 .306 .459
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+71%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .738 391 39 13 48 1 .262 .312 .426
Since 2017Away .760 450 51 16 56 0 .268 .309 .451
2019Home .390 24 1 0 0 0 .136 .208 .182
2019Away .668 26 4 0 1 0 .280 .308 .360
2018Home .766 195 17 4 23 0 .280 .344 .423
2018Away .711 234 26 7 28 0 .256 .299 .412
2017Home .754 172 21 9 25 1 .259 .291 .463
2017Away .833 190 21 9 27 0 .282 .321 .511
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How does Wilmer Flores compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.60
 
BB Rate
6.0%
 
K Rate
10.0%
 
BABIP
.238
 
ISO
.064
 
AVG
.213
 
OBP
.260
 
SLG
.277
 
OPS
.537
 
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A gruesome HBP to the face in early September resulted in a broken nose and an early end to Flores' 2017 season. While that type of injury is obviously fluky, Flores also missed time with knee and rib problems, giving him a lengthy list of health issues in the span of a calendar year -- he underwent surgery in October of 2016 to repair a broken hamate bone in his wrist. His performance when on the field was decent from a fantasy perspective, but Flores once again posted an OBP below .320, and the lack of on-base skills (4.8 percent career BB%) along with the injuries give Flores a significant amount of playing-time downside. He's a quality bench piece in leagues that allow daily lineup changes, as Flores can then be plugged in against all lefty starters (.314/.349/.620 against lefties over the past three seasons), but he's a tougher sell in traditional settings with weekly lineup periods. Most will want to leave him for the endgame.
Flores always seems to be without a regular job on Opening Day, but he always works his way into the lineup. It helps he plays all four infield positions, qualifying at each by June 10 last season, and mashes lefties. He'll enter 2017 only eligible at the corners and Flores has to contend with Jose Reyes for playing time, but keep in mind that all four of the Mets' projected infield starters have injury concerns. His skills are mixed-league worthy. Flores gets consistent loft on the ball -- his 45.0 percent flyball rate would have ranked 13th among qualifiers -- while maintaining a good contact rate, though all the flyballs have kept his BABIP down (ranging from .264 to .273 in his four seasons). Flores underwent surgery in October to remove part of the hamate bone in his wrist, but he is expected to be ready for spring training.
The image of a teary-eyed Flores prior to the non-waiver trade deadline in July may forever be the way he's remembered in the minds of Mets fans, but that otherwise forgettable July 29 game also served as a turning point in Flores' 2015 season. He hit .296/.329/.479 with six homers and 19 RBI over his final 44 games, after a four-month run in which he hit .249/.281/.378 through 93 contests. Flores has always shown good pop for a middle infielder, but the 16 home runs he hit in the big leagues a year ago were backed by a very modest .408 slugging percentage. With the offseason acquisitions of Neil Walker and Asdrubal Cabrera, Flores will likely see his playing time fall in 2016 barring injuries around the infield, but he's a virtual lock to play regularly against lefties after crushing them at a .310/.355/.600 clip last season.
Maybe you have heard this story before: A New York prospect has not quite matched the hype. Hot take, right? Flores is only 375 plate appearances into his major league career, but he has hit .240/.275/.356 in that time while swinging at just about anything in the five-borough area. In the minors, the 23-year-old routinely hit for average, but he is still trying to do that at the major league level. He qualifies at shortstop in all leagues and also second base and third base, depending on your league eligibility rules. The thing is, we’re still talking about a zero-category player who does not hit for power, does not run, and hits in the bottom of the order. His only upside is that the BABIP Gods could bless him with a good run and enable him to pull a .280 average out of the air.
Flores showed he could rake in the minors, but his lack of range and foot speed kept him at Triple-A Las Vegas. He finally received a promotion when David Wright was placed on the DL in early August after he batted 322/.358/.532 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 106 games with the 51s. Flores got off to a hot start in the majors, but twisted his ankle a week after his promotion and never seemed to regain his prior form. He saw minimal action after the injury, and received just 31 at-bats in September. The jury is out regarding his ability to play defensively in the majors, since Wright blocks him from becoming a regular at third base. Without a position, Flores may open 2014 back in the minors.
Flores is on the Mets' 40-man roster, but despite a solid 2012 campaign, the team opted not to call him up from Double-A Binghamton. He hit .317/.368/.594 with eight home runs and 33 RBI in 65 games for the B-Mets after posting a .289/.336/.459 line with 10 homers and 42 RBI in 64 games for High-A St. Lucie. The St. Lucie campaign was little surprise, as it was his third year at that level but his success at Double-A helped land him a prominent role back towards the top of the Mets' prospect lists. With David Wright locked in at third, look for Flores to be tried at second and left field. If his power continues to develop and he repeats the plate discipline strides he made last year, Flores should end up at Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
Flores spent 2011 at High-A St. Lucie, posting a disappointing .269/.309/.380 batting line with nine homers, 81 RBI and a 68:27 K:BB ratio in 516 at-bats over 133 games. Because of below-average foot speed and a larger frame, many major league scouts have projected that Flores eventually will change positions from shortstop to either third base or a corner outfield spot. Flores projects to add power as he matures, but he will only go as far as his plate discipline and future power take him, which right now are a major work in progress.
After spending all of 2009 at Low-A Savannah, Flores opened 2010 there again. Despite an up-and-down campaign. Flores showed enough to earn a promotion to High-A St. Lucie, where he hit .300 despite a lack of plate discipline. Flores posted just a 9:40 BB:K ratio at St. Lucie, which is not surprising as he was just 19 and the Florida State League is notorious for being tough on hitters. Flores had 11 HR, 84 RBI an 50 XBH between the two levels, showing why he is the Mets' top hitting prospect. He projects to fill-out as he matures, which along with his lack of a quick first step and range likely will move him away from shortstop, possibly to third or an outfield corner. Flores could challenge for a major-league job in 2012, but 2013 seems a more realistic timeframe.
After a solid 2008 season, Flores regressed somewhat in 2009 at Low-A Savannah to start 2009. The Mets might have moved him up the ladder a bit too quickly, as he was overmatched at times as an 18-year-old in A-ball. Flores has a quick bat and is expected to hit for power, including to the opposite field, as he fills out and matures, and is still regarded as a top prospect. He is a below-average runner, a situation that likely will worsen as he does get bigger, which is one reason why most scouts expect him to move from the middle infield to a corner infield or outfield position. Given the struggles that some of their prospects have had when advanced too quickly, the Mets may now choose to move younger players incrementally up the ladder, so look for Flores to either repeat Low-A or start 2010 at High-A St. Lucie.
Flores, who the Mets signed as a 16-year-old international free agent in August 2007, has advanced up the ladder quicker than anyone anticipated. Flores finished 2008 at Brooklyn of the New York-Penn League and could open 2009 at Low-A. He has power potential and makes good contact, though he could use some tightening of the strike zone, but at this point that's nitpicking given his youth and overall production. There are also questions about where he will end up defensively, due to his likelihood of filling out. Expect the Mets to push him considering their hurried philosophy demonstrated with other young players. Flores' fine year and future potential landed him at No. 29 on the end of season RotoWire Top 100 Prospects list.
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On bench Sunday
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April 14, 2019
Flores is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against San Diego.
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Takes seat Wednesday
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April 10, 2019
Flores is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rangers.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
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April 7, 2019
Flores is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Red Sox.
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Sits for series finale
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April 3, 2019
Flores is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Padres.
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Batting leadoff
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March 31, 2019
Flores will start at second base and hit leadoff Sunday against the Dodgers.
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