The Venezuelan native made his Major League debut on his 22nd birthday in 2013. Flores has a knack for putting his bat on the ball and has begun to realize his power potential. Though he played almost exclusively at third base during his brief time in New York, he profiles best at second base and is nearly ready for a full-time spot in the big leagues.
Interesting to note that Flores received the highest marks from scouts on his hitting and power tools, high grade on his arm, and low on fielding.
His rookie campaign had it’s ups and downs, however when we spoke to Flores prior to the Mets season finale, the Venezuelan-native said he was content with his year as a whole because he knows he tried his hardest.
“I feel really satisfied with myself because I know I did my best,” said Flores. “I know I could have done better up here, but things happen. You just got to keep working and get ready for next season.”
Flores batted just .211/.248/.295 at the major-league level while being hampered by an ankle injury. However, he tore it up at Triple-A Las Vegas where he batted .321/.357/.542 and led the PCL in slugging, total bases and RBIs prior to his promotion.
“I had my tempo going and then I got hurt,” said Flores of his injury that originally occurred against the Dodgers on August 14th. “You know things happen, its going to happen. I just have to get some rest and let it heal and just keep working.”
Flores is fully recovered and just completed his Winter Ball season where his performance at the plate drew raves from scouts. When asked which player in the Mets system has seen his stock rise the most this Winter, Mets minor league executives said it was Flores last Thursday during a Q&A with fans.
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