Rookie Dish: Wilmer’s Wonderful Weekend

Prospect of the Day

Kingsport (Mets) shortstop Wilmer Flores capped off a huge weekend with a 3-for-6 performance in an 11-9 win over Elizabethton (Twins). The 16-year-old Venezuelan native had a RBI and two runs scored in the slugfest. Flores was the star of a doubleheader on Saturday, as he went 3-for-8 on the day, notching a home run and three RBI. Flores not only has rewarded the Mets’ faith in him with his offensive abilities, but also with his maturation in the field. “He is going to stay at a premium position…Right now he is a shortstop,” said Mets VP of Player Development Tony Bernazard about the Mets belief that Flores can remain at shortstop. Early in the year Bernazard’s confidence in Flores could have been questioned when the heraled prospect made five errors in his first eight games, but Flores has bounced back nicely. Flores has made just one error in his past eight games and only four in twenty five games since his rocky start.

Prospect Nuggets

After appearing in eight straight games as Kingsport’s (Mets) catcher, Dock Doyle got a day off from his duties behind the plate and served as the Mets’ DH on Sunday. Entering the game with a seven game hit streak, Doyle extended it to eight with a 2-for-4 day that included a run scored and two walks. . .Kingsport (Mets) rightfielder Seth Williams was a late-round pick by the Mets, but he is proving to much too advanced for the Appalachian League. Williams, who appeared in three College World Series with North Carolina, went 2-for-4 in Sunday’s win, raising his line to .353/.542/.529. . .Greeneville (Astros) shortstop Jorge De Leon is making his case to move into a starting role with his strong performance as the Astros’s backup shortstop. De Leon went 3-for-4 on Sunday, including his first home run of the year. The 20-year-old native of the Dominican Republic has put up impressive numbers in his backup role, batting .291/.316/.436. . .Burlington (Royals) righthander Sam Runion had his worst outing yet for the Burlington Royals on Sunday. The North Carolina native hadn’t allowed a run in his previous 15 innings before Sunday’s start where he allowed four earned runs in four innings. Runion gave up six hits, a home run and hit a batter, taking his second loss of the year for Burlington. . .AZL Rangers righthander Joe Wieland continues to shut down Arizona League batters. Wieland made his second straight scoreless outing yesterday, throwing four shutout innings while striking out five batters. Wieland allowed just two hits and walked one. . .In game one of a doubleheader in the GCL, Marlins catcher Kyle Skipworth went 1-for-2 raising his average to a meager .191. . .After going hitless in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the GCL Pirates, GCL Orioles second baseman L.J. Hoes broke out in the second game of the doubleheader with a 3-for-4 performance that included his third triple of the year. Hoes also tacked on a double and a pair of RBI. . .Former Texas Longhorn Kyle Russell (Dodgers) had his seventh double of the year in a 13-6 Odgen victory. The rightfielder was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI in the victory. . .Great Falls (White Sox) shortstop Tyler Kuhn was 4-for-5 with three runs scored in an 8-4 victory over Billings (Reds). Kuhn added his fourth triple of the year in the win.

What to Watch For Today

The GCL Orioles will face off against the GCL Red Sox today. Orioles’ standouts L.J. Hoes and Xavier Avery will face off against Red Sox first-round pick Casey Kelly.