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New York Yankees Prospect Watch: No. 11 Ramon Flores

February 21st, 2013 at 6:00 AM
By Karen Vankat

We know the New York Yankees have wanted to cultivate more left handed hitting outfielders for the small porch in right. Ramon Flores may just be one that makes it to the Bronx.

The 20 year old left-hander was drafted in 2008 as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela. Flores has progressed systematically through the Yankees farm system and in 2012 started in Single-A Tampa and ended the season with the playoff bound Double-A Trenton Thunder.

Flores possesses a sweet, effortless swing and his balance weight transfer is exceptional allowing him to keep his head in the zone longer than most. He can just flat out hit and his plate discipline is in line with many veteran Yankees. Flores has limited power, though hitting into the right field stands won't be a problem. He uses all fields mainly gap-to-gap and his base stealing capability is more of a product of instincts and on base skills then pure speed. Ramon has the capability to play all three outfield positions, but left field would seem to be his final destination.

For the 2012 season Ramon had 522 ABs, hit .303 with 41 RBIs seven home runs and 24 stolen bases. Flores will probably start out in Trenton and if he continues to thrive will advance to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre relatively quickly.

The Yankees organization hasn't developed an outfielder that made the parent club since Brett Gardner in 2008, so Flores or some other budding position prospects would be a welcome addition to the Bronx in the near future.

The brass thinks so of highly Flores that they added him to the 40-man roster to protect him in the Rule-5 Draft. Another prospect projected for 2015 or even earlier depending on his development.

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Tags: Baseball, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Ramon Flores, Trenton Thunder

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