Rookie Dish: Flores Makes An Impressive Debut

On the first day of the Appalachian League and Pioneer League seasons, Mets fans got some good news for a change.

Prospect of the Day

Kingsport shortstop Wilmer Flores (Mets) may be one of the youngest players in Appalachian League history, but he made plenty of noise in his professional debut Tuesday night. The most highly touted prospect to don a Kingsport uniform since Carlos Gomez, Flores went for 3-5 with a home run and three RBI in his first game. Flores lived up to offensive expectations in his first game, but also showed why his defense is questioned by many scouts. Flores botched a force play in the 8th inning for his first error of the year.

Prospect Nuggets

Greenville center fielder Jay Austin, the Astros’ second-round pick, made his professional debut in the Astros 7-5 win over Kingsport. Austin went 1-5, but struck out three times…Elizabethton outfielder Michael Harrington(Twins) made an impressive professional debut. The 13th round pick out of College of Charleston scored three times while going 3-5 with a HR and 3 RBI… Bristol’s Juan Silverio (White Sox) went 2-4 in his first professional game, including a double and 3 RBI. The White Sox five-tool shortstop did boot a ball in the field . . . Princeton leftfielder D.J. Jones (Rays)was drafted in the 11th round last year, but didn’t play as he debated whether to take a football scholarship from Auburn. Jones made up for missing last year as he ripped two doubles as the Devil Rays fell to Pulaski in 13 innings . . . Tyrell Worthington’s (Diamondbacks) opening night performance in Missoula didn’t answer any of the questions that have surrounded his potential since being taken in the fifth round of last year’s draft. Worthington went 1-3, but his two outs came via strikeout. Last year Worthington hit .135/.189/.238 for Missoula in 37 at-bats … Cutter Dykstra (Brewers), a second-round pick, struck out in three of his four at-bats . . . Kyle Orr (Dodgers) led Ogden’s offense on Tuesday night with a 4-6 performance, including two doubles. The British Columbia product also chipped in a pair of RBIs in a losing effort.

What To Watch For Today

The Devil Rays and Mariners meet again in Princeton, with Princeton looking to avenge last night’s 13 inning loss.