Flores Staying Consistent

Scranton, PA- After a hot start in 2015 that consisted of hitting for the cycle on opening night as well as four home runs in his first nine games, right fielder Ramon Flores looks to stay consistent at the plate. A recent fastball to the knee slowed Flores down, but the 23-year old sweet-swinging lefty isn’t looking to make any excuses.

Ramon Flores looks to bounce back in 2015 after only playing 63 games last season for the Triple-A RailRiders due to an ankle injury. Flores finished his 2014 campaign in Scranton with a .247 batting average, seven home runs and 23 RBI’s but is showing more power this season after hitting four home runs in his first nine games.

Although Flores is not known for his power, he has shown that he can hit the long ball when he gets the right pitch.

“I think I’m just trying to get aggressive in the count and see the pitch in the middle that I can drive and that’s been good for me so far,” Flores said. “In the beginning of the season I was hitting a lot of extra base hits and homers and now I’ve slowed down a little bit but I’m not concerned, I know the extra-base hits are coming.”

Despite smacking three doubles in his previous four games, he had gone 20 straight games without an extra-base hit prior. Flores’s lack of extra base hits the last month can be credited to the fact that he got hit in the knee with a fastball earlier this month.

“I got hit with a pitch close to my knee and it’s been a little bit hard to get out of the box because it’s still sore a little bit but I don’t try to make any excuses,” Flores continued. “I try to see good pitches, swing hard and get good at-bats every time I’m up there.”

Since entering the Yankees farm system Flores has not hit for a staggering batting average but seems to have a knack for getting on base, maintaining a 12 percent walk rate the past 2 seasons.

So far in 2015 Flores has continued that discipline at the plate, accounting for 21 walks in 40 games as well as a .389 on base percentage which ranks him in the top 20 in both categories in the International League.

The 23 year old from Barinas, Venezuela made his minor league debut in 2009 with the Gulf Coast Yankees after being signed in 2008 for $775,000. Flores impressed scouts in 2012 after a breakout season with the Tampa Yankees in high-A.

Throughout the course of the 2012 season Flores batted .302 with 29 doubles, seven triples, six homers and 39 RBIs earning him the call-up to Trenton in 2013.

As a 21-year old in Double-A Trenton, Flores was able to hold his own, batting .260 with 25 doubles, six triples, six homers and 55 runs batted in. These numbers were good enough for Flores to earn another promotion to Triple-A Scranton for the 2014 season.

Scranton RailRiders manager Dave Miley, who is managing Flores for a second straight season, believes that Flores has all of the tools to be a dominant outfielder if he’s able to stay healthy, despite only being 23 years old.

“I’ve said this before, back before Ramon had that high ankle sprain last season, he was well on his way to being, in my opinion one of the top 10 hitters in the league in stats, for sure,” Miley said.

Although Flores' power numbers have dropped at the plate since the start of the season, he is still finding ways to get on base, totaling 14 hits and six walks in the past eight games.

“I feel like I’ve been very consistent this season and I’m trying to take it day by day, and go out every day and play hard,” Flores said.

Flores looks to take the same approach at the plate every time and so far it’s been paying off for him as he sits at a .296 batting average with four home runs and 14 RBIs.

“I just try to stay more consistent with my approach, sometimes I think I pull my head out but everything I think is good and consistent so far,” Flores continued. “I just want to go out there and win every day.”


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