Flores Wraps Up His Best Season Yet

Flores is wrapping up a big season

PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - Wilmer Flores was expected to make a jump this season. Entering the final weekend of the Florida State League season, it is fair to say Flores has exceeded those expectations. Inside Pitch caught up with one of the Mets top prospects who offered insight into how he developed this season, what he will continue to work on and offers a preview of his plans this winter.

It's been a great year for Wilmer Flores who split this season in Savannah and St. Lucie. During his tenure in Savannah he helped the Sand Gnats get into the playoffs, and goes into the final weekend of the season in St. Lucie batting .293 with four home runs and 39 RBI in 66 games--the same amount he played in Savannah.

Overall, Flores is hitting .285 with 11 home runs, 83 RBI with 36 doubles and 61 runs scored between the two levels. He knows he's on the right track, and his work ethic will continue to pay dividends for him.

"I've grown a lot as a player this season, it's been a great season. I've learned a lot about how the game works and how to play the game better than I was before," Flores stated.

Flores knows with the season ending he'll see some action between now and the spring. He looks forward to getting home in Venezuela where he can learn from other prospects and pros during some winter ball games.

"I'm going to work every day and play as much as I can. Playing in Venezuela there is a ton of players from the pros and from minors. They all share their experiences and it gives you a chance to learn a lot about how to get better," he said. "I'm leaving Monday for Venezuela and will stay with my family for a couple of weeks and then I'll be back in action somewhere."

Wilmer has made several goals during the offseason. He knows how important the mental edge in baseball is, but isn't overlooking the physical side either.

"I really want to focus on getting a lot stronger. I've been lifting a lot lately and I want to step up my conditioning too, next season I want to continue to be better than I am right now and the offseason is the time to do it," Flores discussed.

"I'm growing up as a player. No one is perfect but I think I still have some growing to do mentally. I'm going to focus on that during winter ball and into the spring."

Flores' bat has been very consistent this season, and he attributes this to his increased patience at the plate. Ever the perfectionist, he even finds areas for improvement on this bright spot in his season.

"I'm more patient at the plate than I was at Savannah, but I know I need to keep working on that if I want to get better. I can be a better hitter if I continue to work harder," Flores revealed.

Looking back on the season Flores can smile about both the positives and negatives. He's had a great season, even when his nerves got in the way.

"I had three errors in my second game here, I was so nervous I couldn't focus on anything. Ground balls were shelling me and they just kept getting through. I wanted that game to end so fast that night," he said laughing. "I love being in St. Lucie, my teammates are great and I love the atmosphere. I think those two things are my favorite parts about this season."

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