Role #1: Starting second baseman
At the start of the offseason, it was assumed that rookie standout Mauricio Dubon was the front-runner to take over as the team’s everyday second baseman.
However, it looks like Dubon could wind up being utilized in more of a super-utility role, with some work in the outfield sprinkled in as well:
That could open up the race for starting second baseman to someone like Flores. He has experience at the position and his bat could make it hard to keep him out of the everyday lineup.
Yolmer Sanchez and Dubon are better defensive options at the position, but Sanchez does not hit well and Dubon’s athletic ability makes him more valuable playing elsewhere.
It’s easy to envision an Opening Day lineup for the Giants going against Clayton Kershaw where Dubon is leading off and playing center field and Flores is batting second and playing second base. Finally, two righties to start off against Kershaw.
A lot still remains to be seen for this scenario to work. Dubon will need to prove he is capable in the outfield, and Flores will need to hit well enough to warrant a starting gig.
Still, Flores being the starting second baseman is a definite possibility in 2020.