Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores

32-Year-Old First Baseman1B
San Francisco Giants
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Flores put together the best offensive showing of his career in 2023 in what was his age-31 season. The veteran infielder's .284 average, .355 on-base percentage and .509 slugging percentage were all full-season career highs, as were his 23 home runs. Long known as a lefty masher, Flores did his usual tormenting of southpaws in producing an .886 OPS with eight homers in 181 plate appearances against them. He handled righties nearly as well, though, with an .847 OPS and 15 long balls across 273 plate appearances. A glance at Flores' expected stats via Statcast paint a picture of a guy who had luck on his side, as only 10 other players had a bigger spread than Flores' 32-point gap between his xwOBA (.336) and actual wOBA (.368). He's an extreme flyball hitter (46.7 percent) and pull hitter (46.1 percent), which is the recipe for overcoming a weak average exit velocity (86.4 mph), but some regression here is likely. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $13 million contract extension with the Giants in September of 2022. Contract includes $3.5 million player option or $8.5 million team option for 2025.
Back from injured list
1BSan Francisco Giants
July 9, 2024
The Giants reinstated Flores (knee) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Flores landed on the injured list June 28 due to right knee tendinitis, and he's been given the green light to return to the active roster after slightly more than a minimum-length stay on the IL. The 32-year-old has slashed just .206/.282/.317 with 25 RBI in 227 plate appearances, though he'll presumably operate in the short side of a platoon at first base with LaMonte Wade.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2024
 
 
+9%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .755 492 53 16 59 0 .252 .325 .430
Since 2022vs Right .734 799 89 30 97 0 .239 .320 .413
2024vs Left .613 104 7 2 16 0 .215 .269 .344
2024vs Right .563 131 12 2 9 0 .193 .282 .281
2023vs Left .886 181 21 8 23 0 .303 .359 .527
2023vs Right .847 273 30 15 37 0 .271 .352 .496
2022vs Left .707 207 25 6 20 0 .223 .324 .383
2022vs Right .711 395 47 13 51 0 .231 .311 .400
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2024
 
 
+57%
OPS on Road
2023
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+26%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .725 623 72 20 79 0 .243 .313 .412
Since 2022Away .757 668 70 26 77 0 .244 .331 .427
2024Home .457 121 9 0 7 0 .162 .248 .210
2024Away .719 114 10 4 18 0 .245 .307 .412
2023Home .777 218 23 9 31 0 .279 .317 .461
2023Away .947 236 28 14 29 0 .289 .390 .557
2022Home .797 284 40 11 41 0 .248 .338 .459
2022Away .635 318 32 8 30 0 .212 .296 .339
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.63
 
BB Rate
8.5%
 
K Rate
13.6%
 
BABIP
.216
 
ISO
.106
 
AVG
.203
 
OBP
.277
 
SLG
.309
 
OPS
.586
 
wOBA
.262
 
Exit Velocity
83.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
24.4%
 
Barrels/PA
4.3%
 
Expected BA
.221
 
Expected SLG
.345
 
Sprint Speed
20.8 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
33.3%
 
Line Drive %
21.1%
 
Fly Ball %
45.6%
 
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Flores set a career high with 151 games and 602 plate appearances, but it was ill-timed as he registered his worst season since 2018. Flores' 17.1% strikeout rate was below league average, but it was his worst ever. His BABIP is generally low, but last season's .246 was a career nadir. He managed to club a career-high 19 homers, but that was compiling, not skills. Like most righthanded hitters, Flores hits southpaws better than righties, but last season he struggled with the platoon advantage, though he also fared worse than usual facing same-side pitching. Aside from less contact, Flores lofted a career-high 46% fly balls with declining exit velocity, which was the impetus for the drop in BABIP. There is a good chance Flores will play less this season, so if his skills revert to previous levels, his mediocre power and absence of speed has limited mixed league allure but can be useful in NL-only formats.
Flores provides some power and is not a drag in batting average while qualifying at three positions (1B, 2B, 3B). The deal is that the Giants normally used him in a platoon facing just lefties. He got a couple extended runs at second and third base when players were on the injured list, but once everyone was healthy, he went back into the short side of a platoon. Aside from fantasy leagues allowing daily moves and leagues with deep benches -- where he's a decent option -- Flores is tough to roster until he's in a full-time role. As for his talent, there are no signs of him aging, with power and contact skills right in line with his career numbers. If anything, his eye has improved with a career-high 9.4 BB% last season. Roster away when he's a regular.
Flores flashed his power stroke during a shortened 2020, leaving the yard 12 times in 55 games. He also finished with a .268/.315/.515 slash line, 32 RBI and one stolen base, hitting primarily in the top half of the lineup. Flores was an everyday player for the Giants in 2020, making 22 starts at DH, 14 at first base, 14 at the keystone and three at the hot corner. This versatility is an obvious upside, as it allows his bat to enter the lineup with consistency. After hitting just nine home runs over 89 contests in 2019, Flores' launch angle elevated to 19.6 degrees in 2020 (16.4 degrees in 2019), resulting in more fly balls, but also more deep flies. Prior to the 2020 season, it looked as though Flores was headed for a permanent platoon role wherever he went, but after appearing revitalized at the dish, he should be expected to receive plenty of opportunities to do damage in 2021.
Flores has the reputation for crushing southpaws, supported by 2019 in which he posted a .405 wOBA facing left-handers as compared to .329 against righties. The thing is, over the past three seasons, Flores' wOBA against lefties is .334 and .333 versus right-handers, illustrating the volatility of platoon splits. Last season, Flores hit .317, 50 points higher than his career. Five percent more line drives was the reason. However, five percent fewer flyballs cost Flores some power as he managed only nine homers in 285 plate appearances. The 28-year-old infielder was expected to play second base every day but was benched often early with Adam Jones' strong play forcing Ketel Marte back to second. He also was sidelined two months with a fractured foot. A free agent with defensive limitations and early-onset arthritis in both knees, Flores is likely to be a part-time player, relevant in single-league formats.
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.
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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Placed on IL
1BSan Francisco Giants
Knee
June 28, 2024
The Giants placed Flores on the 10-day injured list Friday with right knee tendinitis, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Getting Tuesday off
1BSan Francisco Giants
June 25, 2024
Flores isn't in the Giants' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Cubs, Shayna Rubin of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Sitting down Sunday
1BSan Francisco Giants
June 23, 2024
Flores isn't in the Giants' lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Heading to bench Wednesday
1BSan Francisco Giants
June 19, 2024
Flores is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cubs.
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Taking seat Monday
1BSan Francisco Giants
June 17, 2024
Flores is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Cubs.
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Potential trade piece?
1BSan Francisco Giants
March 3, 2024
Giants GM Farhan Zaidi indicated Sunday the Giants may make "a move or two before the end of camp" after signing Matt Chapman, according toAlex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, which could hint at Flores potentially being traded.
ANALYSIS
Flores clubbed 23 home runs in just 454 plate appearances for the Giants last season despite not having a defined role for much of the year, and he's entering 2024 in a similar situation. The offseason signings of Matt Chapman and Jorge Soler lock down third base and designated hitter, respectively, leaving significantly less flexibility for San Francisco's lineup construction. Flores and J.D. Davis are now both looking at bench roles, making it increasingly likely one of the two infielders is dealt.
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