Wilmer Alejandro Flores graduated from Inra High School in Valencia, VZ in 2007...Became the second Mets player to make his major league debut on his birthday, joining righthanded pitcher John Pacella, who made his major league debut on September 15, 1977 at Philadelphia...Also was signed by the Mets on his 16th birthday (August 6, 2007)...His favorite TV show is Friends...Has used the show's theme song "I'll Be There For You" as his at-bat music...One of the ways he improved his English was by watching all 236 episodes...Delivered turkeys to Queens families on November 15, 2017...Received the Thurman Munson Award on February 7, 2017...Appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Mets won the National League with teammates Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and David Wright...Enjoys swimming.
Broke his nose on a foul ball off his bat in the second game of the doubleheader with Houston on September 2...Did not play the remainder of the season...Was also on the 10-Day Disabled List with a right knee infection from April 20-May 3...Hit a career-high 18 home runs (his previous best was 16 in both 2015 and 2016)...Hit his 18th home run of the season with his fourth career grand slam in the first game of a doubleheader with Houston on September 2...Has one grand slam in each of the last four seasons...Is one of five Mets to have three seasons of at least 15 home runs at age 25 or younger...The other four are Darryl Strawberry (five such seasons), David Wright (four such seasons), Lee Mazzilli (three such seasons) and John Milner (three such seasons)...After May 8, Flores batted .289 (58-201) with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 homers and 37 RBI versus righthanded pitching...Hit .291 (30-103) with seven home runs and 13 RBI vs. lefthanders...Since the beginning of 2016, Flores has 18 home runs vs. lefthanders...Started 20 games at first base, 10 at second base and 49 at third base...Cracked two pinch-hit homers (May 15 at Arizona and July 20 vs. St. Louis)...Has three career pinch-hit home runs...His .379 (25-66) batting average in May was the third-best in the majors behind Houston's Carlos Correa (.386) and Marwin Gonzalez (.382) (min. 60 plate appearances)...Belted his second career walk-off homer with his walk-off blast on July 22 vs. Oakland (his other came July 31, 2015 vs. Washington)...Has six career walk-off RBI...The six walk-off RBI are tied for fifth-most in team history.
Underwent surgery to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his right wrist on October 6 at the Hospital for Special Surgery...Made his second career Opening Day roster...Played in 51 games at third base, 27 at first base, 18 at second base and eight at shortstop...Was on the Disabled List from May 11-29 with a mild strain of his left hamstring...Did not play after September 10 due to a wrist injury he suffered while sliding into home plate at Washington...Matched his career-high from 2015 with 16 home runs...His 16th home run was his first career pinch-hit homer on September 7 at Cincinnati...Batted .340 (34-100) off lefthanded pitching...11 of his 16 home runs were off lefthanded pitchers...Had a .710 slugging percentage off lefties, the highest in the majors (min. 100 at-bats vs. LHP)...Led the team in RBI from June 1-September 10 (47)... Hit .291 (72-247) with 11 doubles, 15 home runs and 32 runs scored from June 1 through the end of his season...Became the second player in franchise history to record six hits in a game when he went 6-6 on July 3 vs. Chicago-NL...Recorded a multi-homer game as part of his six-hit day on July 3...Turned in his second multi-homer game of the season on July 6 vs. Miami...Was his fourth career multi-homer game...Became the first Mets third baseman to have a pair of multi-homer games over a span of four games...Hit his third career grand slam on August 26 vs. Philadelphia (off Adam Morgan)...Two of his three career grand slams have come vs. the Phillies...Went 3-5 and had the game-winning walk-off RBI on August 13 vs. San Diego in the 11th inning...Was his fifth career walk-off RBI...Had a career-best nine-game hitting streak from August 18-August 31.
Made his first Opening Day roster...Set career highs in nearly every offensive category: average (.263), hits (127), doubles (22), home runs (16) and RBI (59)...Led the team in walk-off RBI (May 26 vs.Philadelphia, June 15 vs. Toronto and July 31 vs. Washington)...Was tied for third in the majors with his three walk-off RBI. • Made 96 starts at shortstop and 30 at second base... Hit .310 (31-100) vs. lefthanders...Batted .286 (36-126) with RISP...Became the fifth Mets middle infielder in team history to hit 15 or more home runs in a season... Joined Edgardo Alfonzo, Jeff Kent, Jose Reyes and Jose Valentin....Connected for his first career walk-off home run on July 31 vs. Washington and drove in both runs in the Mets' 2-1 win...Was his first home run since June 12 (146 at-bats). ... Batted .296 (42-142) with 21 runs scored, eight doubles, six home runs and 19 RBI in 44 games from July 31 through the end of the season....Eight of his 16 home runs either tied the game or gave the Mets a lead...Had a career-high eight game hitting streak from April 16-25...Was 12-30 (.400) with three home runs and eight RBI over that span...Also hit in eight straight from May 30-June 7...Reached base safely in a career-high 14 straight games from April 11-27 with a .313 batting average (15-48) and .365 OBP over that streak....Connected on his second career-grand slam on May 16 vs. Milwaukee (off Matt Garza)... According to Elias, Flores became the fourth player in Mets history to hit a grand slam in a game in which he started in the ninth-spot in the batting order... Hit his eighth home run of the year in the third inning on May 31 vs. Miami...Was the first shortstop in team history to hit eight home runs by the end of May and it was tied for the fourth-highest single season total by a shortstop under
the age of 24...The only higher totals belong to Alex Rodriguez, who did it twice (10 in 1996 at
age 20; 20 in 1998 at age 22), and Cal Ripken (11 in 1984 at age 23)...Four other under-24 players had exactly eight homers from the shortstop position by the end of May: Arky Vaughan (1935 Pirates), Rico Petrocelli (1966 Red Sox), Rodriguez (1999 Mariners) and Jean Segura (2013 Brewers)...Research courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.
Batted .286 (4-14) during the NLCS...Hit .300 (3-10) in the NLDS....Went 2-3 with two runs scored in his first postseason start in Game 3 of the NLDS vs. Los Angeles-NL.
Opened the year with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League, before the Mets recalled him on April 2...Optioned to Las Vegas on April 5 before returning to the majors on May 8...Optioned again on June 25...Recalled for the final time on July 24...Made starts at shortstop and second base, and also appearred at third base...Played shortstop 51 times, making 50 starts...Had 19 appearances, 17 starts, at second and one appearance, no starts, at third...Had two, career-high six-RBI games...Hit his first career grand slam (off Phillippe Aumont) and drove in six runs on June 2 at Philadelphia...Became the third Mets shortstop with six RBI in a game and first since Dick Schofield on July 19, 1992 vs. San Francisco...Jerry Buchek also did it on September 22, 1967 in Game 2 against Houston...Hit two home runs (off Brad Penny, 2), his first career multi-home run game, and drove in six on September 16 vs. Miami...Finished the season as one of two players in the majors with multiple games of at least six RBI (also, Justin Morneau)...The last Mets player to have two such games in a season was Carlos Delgado in 2008...Robin Ventura (1999) and Mike Piazza (2002) are the only other players in franchise history with two such games...The last rookie with two six-RBI games in a season was Geovany Soto in 2008 for Chicago (NL)...He drove in seven and six in separate games...Was the third Mets rookie to have six or more RBI in a game, joining David Wright (August 5, 2004 at Milwaukee) and Jeromy Burnitz (seven, August 5, 1993 at Montreal)...Became the seventh player since 1920 to have a game with at least six RBI as a second baseman and as a shortstop, and the only one to do so in the same season...The other six are: Jeff Blauser, Eddie Joost, Felipe Lopez, Dick McAuliffe, Juan Uribe and Jose Valentin.Had two career-best seven-game hitting streaks, going 11-28 (.393) during both runs (August 29-September 6, and September 13-September 20)...Hit his first career home run at Citi Field, August 27 vs. Atlanta (off Julio Teheran) and his first since June 2 at Philadelphia...Went 104 at-bats between home runs...Collected his first game-ending RBI, September 8 vs. Colorado...Lifted a sacrifice fly off LaTroy Hawkins to give the Mets a 3-2 win...Had an extra-base hit in a career-best four consecutive games (six total; two doubles, one triple, three home runs), September 13-September 16...Scored a team-best 15 times in September and finished the month with four home runs, which tied for the ninth most in the NL and 13 RBI...Hit safely in 22 straight games with Las Vegas from June 27-July 21...Batted .378 (34-90) with 29 RBI during the streak...Hit .332 with six home runs and 18 RBI with Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League.
Started the season with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League before he was recalled the Mets on August 6...Made his major league debut that night vs. Colorado. Went 0-4 with an error in his big league debut...Played third base and hit sixth in the line-up...Also became the second Mets player to debut on his birthday, joining righthanded pitcher John Pacella, who made his major league debut on September 15, 1977 at Philadelphia. Collected his first two hits and first three RBI, August 7 vs. Colorado...Singled against Jhoulys Chacin for his first major league hit...Became the sixth player in team history to collect three RBI in one of his first two games and the first Met since Mike Jacobs on August 21, 2005. Drove in 11 runs in his first 11 games, tied for the highest total through 11 games in franchise history...Jose Reyes drove in 11 in 2003...Had two, three-RBI game as part of the stretch...Had an RBI in five of his first six games, one of 12 major leaguers since 1916 to do this...Only two players since 1916 (George Shuba and Dale Alexander) drove in at least one run in six of their first six career games. Had an RBI in five straight games, August 7-August 11, tied for the fourth-longest streak in franchise history by a rookie...Justin Turner had a seven-game streak, May14-May 21, 2011. Hit his first major league home run, August 11 at Arizona (off Heath Bell). Finished with a career-best three hits, August 23 vs. Detroit... Singled three times. Made his first career start at second base, August 28 vs. Philadelphia...Made 26 appearances, 25 starts, at third base and two appearances, one start at second base. Closed out the season hitting .111 (5-45) over his final 13 games. Hit .321 (136-424) with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 107 games for the 51s.
Split the season between St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and wasnamed the Sterling Organizational Player of the Year...Named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star...Combined to hit .300 (148-493) with 68 runs scored, 30 doubles, two triples, a career-high 18 home runs and 75 RBIin 130 games...Was selected the MVP of the FSL All-Star Game, going 3-4 with three RBI to help the South All-Stars to a 6-3 win overthe North squad on June 17 at Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte, FL...Selected to the 2012 All-Star Futures Game, his second (also, 2009)...He started at third base and went 0-2...Had a season-high four hits twice during the season, once at St. Lucie vs. Jupiter on May 1 and once at Binghamton atErie on June 24...Made his Double-A debut on June 21 at Akron...Went 1-4 with an RBI...Hit in nine straight from August 20-August 28, going 19-35 (.543) with three home runs and six RBI...Had six multi-hitgames during the streak, including four, three-hit games...Made 12 errors during the season, a career-low...Made starts at second base (27 combined), third base (86 combined),first base (seven at Binghamton) and designated hitter (seven at Binghamton)...Hit .390 (46-118) on the road for the B-Mets...Also went 40-106 (.377) with five home runs in August...Batted .343 (23-67) with runners in scoring position...Batted .309 (47-152) with 70 RBI with men in scoring position...Inaddition, he compiled a .302 (77-255) batting mark with runners on base...Also compiled a .293 (49-167) batting mark against lefthanded pitching...Batted .272 (53-195) with 10 doubles, five home runs and 20 RBI in 53 games for Bravos de Margarita of the VenezuleanWinter League.
Hit .323 (30-93) in 24 April games with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Had five doubles and 18 RBI for themonth...Batted .309 (47-152) with 70 RBI with men in scoring position...In addition, he compiled a .302 (77-255) batting mark with runners on base...Also compiled a .293 (49-167) batting mark against lefthanded pitching...In 23 June games, he fashioned a .293 (24-82) average...For the season, he had 40 multiple-hit games: 33 games with two hits and seven contests with three hits...Knocked in five runs at Daytona Beach on May 24 and four runs at Bradenton on April 26.
Split the year between Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League and St Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Was the Sterling Award winner for St. Lucie, emblematic of the top player on his team.
Played in Major League Baseball's Futures All-Star Game.
Batted .310 in 59 games for Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League...Was the Sterling Award winner for his club.