Three years ago, Mets manager Terry Collins saw Wilmer Flores as a skinny kid with big feet and the promise of a powerful bat. Friday, in the Mets’ intrasquad game at Tradition Field, Collins saw progress.

Flores hit a three-run home run and drove in another run, leading his Grey team to a 6-2 win in the scrimmage.

“When his bat is ready, he’ll play in the big leagues, I don’t know what position yet, but he will play in the big leagues,” Collins said.

The 6-3, 190-pound Flores hit .300 with 18 homers and 75 RBI between Class A and AA last season.

Flores has also caught Collins’ eye in the field. The 20-year-old from Venezuela arrived at the complex on Jan. 15, coming in early specifically to work on playing second base.
Collins also said he was impressed with starting pitcher Gonzalez German, lefty Scott Rice, sidearmer Greg Burke and outfielder Andrew Brown.