During last months Mets fantasy camp Mark Rosenman of SportsTalkNY WLIE 540 AM did an interview with Mets AAA Las Vegas 51′s manager Wally Backman in which Backman said that come Feb. 10 “it’s time to get serious” in regards to the importance of developing Mets players and trying to get them ready for the major leagues.
Wally talks about how he handles his aspirations of one day being a major league manager while still doing his current job. Backman also talks about some of the guys he will have this year and among them he says he has seen the newest Met Travis d’Arnaud 2 years ago when he faced him 35 times and knows what d’Arnaud is capable of describing him as a very promising young catcher that has a bright future in front of him.
Backman also says that it would probably be better for Zack Wheeler if he had 2 to 3 months of development cause he had such a short stay at AAA last year but depending on what happens Wheeler may get a shot (at the majors) out of Spring Training so we will just have to see.
Backman also said that while he needs to talk with the organization to see what they want to do. His personal thoughts on Mets prospect Wilmer Flores is that with Wright signing an 8 year contract Flores needs to play 2nd base. Backman notes that Flores has lost some weight and slimmed way down and though he is kind of a heavy footed guy Flores can turn the double play. Backman says they foresee Flores bat in the big leagues.
You can watch the interview (bad camera work included) in it’s entirety below.