Q&A with Jays' 19th Round Pick Jorge Flores

We talked to the Blue Jays' 19th round pick, Jorge Flores, for a Q&A session. Find out what the shortstop from Central Arizona College has to say about his game, his strengths and weaknesses, who he would compare his game to at the big league level, if he's looking to sign quickly, and more!

FutureJays.com: First off, congratulations on being selected in the draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?

Jorge Flores: It feels great; this is what I've been waiting for. I am ready for the next level. I am excited to be taken by a really good team and it all looks good.

FutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?

Flores: I'm a hard worker; I play as hard as I can at every moment. I am more of a defensive guy than offensive. I make plays at shortstop and I am real excited to make an impression.

FutureJays.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?

Flores: I'm a small guy and I am better defensively than offensively, but I do field the ball well. I've spent four years in the U.S. and my overall game has gotten better.

FutureJays.com: You say that you excel on the field as a shortstop, why is it such a strong feature in your game?

Flores: One part comes natural, but you have to work hard if you want to be a good player. You have to take ground balls and do all of the other drills. You have to work hard to play hard.

FutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what kind of player they are getting?

Flores: I'm not up for comparing myself to anyone there yet, but Rafael Furcal the most. He's a good shortstop with a good arm and he plays with heart. He plays hard the whole game. I look at how he plays and see similarities.

FutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?

Flores: I wasn't surprised; we have been talking the whole time, since the draft started at the beginning of the week. The Blue Jays were calling every round, letting me know they were interested in taking me. I'm glad they did, they are a complete organization.

FutureJays.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved around to another position?

Flores: I'm going to try my hardest to stay at shortstop. I love playing there, but if the team did need me to move, I am willing to help the team. I don't care on what position, as long as I am working toward the big level.

FutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?

Flores: There have been big moments, but playing in the bigs will be my biggest moment, and I will work my hardest to get there.

FutureJays.com: Growing up in México, did you have a player or team growing up?

Flores: When I was a kid, my favorite player was Derek Jeter and as I grew up I started to take a liking to José Reyes. I didn't really have a pro team I ever rooted for though.

FutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Blue Jays? Is it your intention to sign and begin your professional career?

Flores: Yes, that is what I have planned. It has been a hard decision to make. I have the opportunity to go play at ASU [Arizona State University], but I want to start working hard for my way to the bigs.


Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nFutureJays.com: First off, congratulations on being selected in the draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Tell us what it feels like to be selected by the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nJorge Flores: It feels great; this is what I've been waiting for. I am ready for the next level. I am excited to be taken by a really good team and it all looks good.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Talk about your game a little bit. What type of player are you and how do you see yourself fitting in with the Blue Jays?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: I'm a hard worker; I play as hard as I can at every moment. I am more of a defensive guy than offensive. I make plays at shortstop and I am real excited to make an impression.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: I'm a small guy and I am better defensively than offensively, but I do field the ball well. I've spent four years in the U.S. and my overall game has gotten better.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: You say that you excel on the field as a shortstop, why is it such a strong feature in your game?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: One part comes natural, but you have to work hard if you want to be a good player. You have to take ground balls and do all of the other drills. You have to work hard to play hard.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Who would you compare your game to at the Major League level so the Jays' fans have an idea of what kind of player they are getting?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: I'm not up for comparing myself to anyone there yet, but Rafael Furcal the most. He's a good shortstop with a good arm and he plays with heart. He plays hard the whole game. I look at how he plays and see similarities.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Were you expecting to be drafted by the Blue Jays or were you surprised when they selected you?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: I wasn't surprised; we have been talking the whole time, since the draft started at the beginning of the week. The Blue Jays were calling every round, letting me know they were interested in taking me. I'm glad they did, they are a complete organization.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Do you see yourself staying at the same position or do you think you'll be moved around to another position?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: I'm going to try my hardest to stay at shortstop. I love playing there, but if the team did need me to move, I am willing to help the team. I don't care on what position, as long as I am working toward the big level.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What would you say is your best moment in baseball and why?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: There have been big moments, but playing in the bigs will be my biggest moment, and I will work my hardest to get there.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: Growing up in México, did you have a player or team growing up?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: When I was a kid, my favorite player was Derek Jeter and as I grew up I started to take a liking to José Reyes. I didn't really have a pro team I ever rooted for though.
\r\n
\r\nFutureJays.com: What are your immediate plans now that you have been drafted by the Blue Jays? Is it your intention to sign and begin your professional career?
\r\n
\r\nFlores: Yes, that is what I have planned. It has been a hard decision to make. I have the opportunity to go play at ASU [Arizona State University], but I want to start working hard for my way to the bigs.
\r\n
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