"Flores had a pretty good year. He has been steady all year after a slow start," Tampa hitting coach Justin Turner said."Flores has a solid game. Not to say he is big league ready but he has had a pretty good year and he's got a really good chance to hit as he goes up."
Turner said that during the offseason Flores is going to go home to Venezuela and get some rest and play winter ball, which will be good for him.
"He's been going at it hard," Turner said. "He was here in November all the way through January and it'd be nice for him to get some down time."
At only 20-years-old, Flores has impressed Tampa manager Luis Sojo overall this year.
"Flores is one of the more professional guys on the team," Sojo said. "He does everything the right way for such a young age. That's what you want to see in these young guys, they work hard.
"He's talented and plays good defense and knows how to hit. He has a couple holes on how to hit a couple pitches but he's only 20 so I know that in time that is going to come.
"If these guys keep doing their work they will be fine. It's a process that they have to do day in and day out. They have a program for what they need to do daily and as long as they follow that they will be okay."
Flores had seen his average at .306 on August 1st dip down all the way to .290 just two weeks later after being mired in an 8 for 51 slump. He knew that he had not been getting hits as often as in the beginning of the season but says he didn't change his approach.
"The hits weren't falling like they were in June and July and I [felt] a little tired since it's the end of the season, but I'm fighting through it and hopefully things pick back up soon and I finish hard," Flores said.
"I just need some luck, I don't think I need to change anything because my approach is the same as it has been and I'm making good contact, it's just not falling into place like they were before."
Things have changed since then though, rocketing his average back up to .300 on the strength of five straight multi-hit games over the past week.
Flores is proud of what he accomplished this season and is looking forward to the next stage in his progression.
"It was a really productive season," Flores said. "I set out to be more consistent and I accomplished that. I just need to finish better this week but overall it's the best season that I've had consistency wise.
"During the offseason I need to get a little bit bigger, gain more strength and work out a little bit harder. I'm going to try to play winter ball if I get the opportunity because it would be good for me to get some more at-bats."
Flores Looking To End Strong
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