LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Infield prospect Wilmer Flores, who spent this spring working on his defensive versatility, was one of three players sent to Minor League camp on Friday.
A former shortstop who never projected to stick at his natural position, the 21-year-old Flores began playing third base last season and responded with his best offensive year as a pro, hitting .300 with 18 homers in 130 games split between two levels. Following a midseason promotion to Double-A Binghamton, he also began playing second base.
With David Wright entrenched at third for at least the next eight seasons, Flores may need to stick at second to have a future with the Mets. He played there frequently this spring but batted only .176, without an extra-base hit in 17 at-bats.
The Mets on Friday also reassigned infielder Josh Satin and right-handed reliever Carlos Torres to Minor League camp. Satin had been thriving in Grapefruit League play, going 5-for-9 with two doubles and five walks, but with Ike Davis primed for a full season as New York's starting first baseman, Satin's options for playing time were limited.
Torres, a veteran of three big league seasons with the White Sox and Rockies, reported to camp with an outside chance to win a bullpen job, but Grapefruit League play was not kind to him, resulting in an 8.44 ERA over four appearances.
Counting Wright -- who will return to Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Saturday after being diagnosed with a strained intercostal in New York -- the Mets have 42 players in big league camp.