"We got a glimpse of him last year for the playoffs," Thunder manager Tony Franklin said. "I was hopeful for him to get back here and see what he's going to do. He is quite the hitter and quite the player.
"The more you see these guys the more you can tell they've got some pretty good talent, enough to play at the Major League level. It just matters on how consistent they are going to be and how quickly they are going to move to the Major League Level. I'm glad he is here with us."
At 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, Flores has been nicknamed a "Tweener", meaning he doesn't fit the position he plays. As an outfielder in left field, Flores might appear a bit smaller than the other guys, but since his start back in '08, Flores has physically blossomed.
"He doesn't show a lot of power in the games [yet]," Franklin said. "He is one of those players that can handle a ball, and as time goes by, he'll find the natural power that he is blessed with.
"At batting practice he will hit balls out of the ballpark, so I think there is power there. I think it is important to be a good hitter first before developing your power; power comes with putting a good swing on the ball and he can certainly do that."
Getting off to a slow start last season before tearing it up in the second half, Flores is looking to come into this season with Trenton by learning from his past.
"I learned from that first half of the season last year," Flores said. "There were a lot of good lessons for me so I feel it's good for me that it happened. I can look back and try to do better from the beginning."
The Venezuelan born lefty is currently batting .309 with four doubles, one triple, and nine RBIs in 13 games. However, his power to hit home runs is still not visible during games.
"I haven't had a homer yet, but I'm not worried about it yet," Flores said. "The main thing for me is to keep playing, try to do well, and hopefully the home runs will come."
What he can do, though, is draw walks, a skill many young players lack.
"I think it's natural for me," Flores said. "When I try to battle through with the balls fouling off and try to take the walk, they give it to me."
For now, Flores wants to better his play for when walks aren't an option on the diamond.
"Right now I am working on my timing a little bit," Flores said. "It's making me concentrate more. I want to get better with stealing bases and a little bit on slugging too. I want to hit more doubles and get up to the next level."
"Not too much rattles him," Franklin said. "He seems to handle everything with a very even keel on a daily basis. He doesn't have a whole lot to say, just goes about his business and I think at the end of the year we will be quite pleased with offensive statistics that he will put together. I think his overall game is pretty good and I think by the end of the year we will see just how good of a player he is."
There's no doubt that being on the 40-man roster at 21 is a good start, but what defines a successful year for Flores?
"I would like to be hitting over .300, help the team win and slug a little bit more," Flores said. "It's surprising to be on the 40-man roster. Thinking about it, the Yankees have a plan for me so I have to play better and have a good season. I'll be able to play in the big leagues at some point."
"You just don't get rid of good hitters, nor good pitchers or players," Franklin said. "I think the organization has realized we've got ourselves a special player and I think this is someone that is going to end up in Yankee Stadium playing with the Yankees for a long period of time.