At the age of 22, Ramon Flores is the youngest player on the Railriders roster and among the youngest at the Triple-A level. He broke camp with the Railriders in 2014 after spending all of last season with Double-A Trenton, where he hit .260 with six home runs and 55 RBIs.
The young Venezuelan has found success early on at the Triple-A level, and Scranton hitting coach Butch Wyengar has taken notice.
"I'm thrilled with what he's done so far," Wyengar said. "For a 22-year old kid, he's handling himself really well."
The Yankees' 19th rated prospect coming in to the season according to PinstripesPlus.com, Flores is beginning to see his raw ability translate in to some impressive numbers. A recent hot streak had seen his average rise to .282 to go along with nine doubles, three triples, and two home runs in his first 110 at-bats.
"I'm working on getting a good pitch and driving it to the gap. Just to get more extra-base hits, that's my goal," Flores said.
Wyengar has watched Flores grow as a hitter, and discussed what he has been able to do to increase his production of late.
"He's swinging at good pitches and he's staying within himself real well. That's always your fear with a young kid at Triple-A, especially in this kind of league because there's a lot of former major league pitchers and guys that know how to pitch," Wyengar said.
Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Yankees in 2008, Flores has really impressed his hitting coach with his advanced approach.
"He's got a good idea of the strike zone, his mechanics are really good, he's got a really nice, sweet left-handed swing. He's got a little bit of pop in his bat too, but that's going to happen over time."
The organization has recently decided to test Flores at first base, giving him two consecutive starts at the position late last week. Normally a corner outfielder, Flores had not played first base since April 17, 2012 with Trenton. He last spent significant time there in Low-A Charleston, starting 23 games at first base in 2011. Flores, though, is not worried about the transition.
"Whatever the Yankees want me to play, I'll play. I'm just working on my fielding percentage," he said.
While consistency at the plate and development in the field will be important for Flores this season, his eyes are really set on one thing.
"My only goal this season is to get to the big leagues. That's why I'm here," he concluded.
Flores Proving Advanced Beyond His Years
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