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Flores has flown under the radar during his time in the Blue Jays system and is underrated in my opinion. You won’t find him atop any of the Top Prospect lists, but I am including him in the Blue Jays 2015 Top Prospect Wrap Ups because I’ve enjoyed watching his heart and hustle during his time in Double-A. You won’t find yourself debating with other Jays fans whether Flores should be considered over Devon Travis or Ryan Goins.
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Flores, orignially from Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, was selected in the 19th round out of Central Arizona College. Upon signing, he was assigned to the Vancouver Canadians, appearing in 60 games. Since that time, Jorge has steadily climbed the organizational ladder, finally ending up in New Hampshire to finish 2014.
In his age 23 season, he spend the entire year in Double-A and was named to his first All-Star team since being named to the Post-Season All-Star team in 2012 as a member of the Vancouver C’s.
In total, he played 123 games for the Fisher Cats where he was 1.4 years younger than the average. His slash line was .276/.360/.347. He collected collected over 100 hits for the first time in his career with 109 hits.
The 5’5″ infielder lacks any kind of power, posting an ISO of .071, which was higher than his 2014 ISO with Dunedin (.058) and New Hampshire (.049). The increased power resulted in a lower BABIP and AVG. Jorge posted a .322 BABIP and .276 AVG (10th in the EL), down from .337 BABIP and .293 AVG in 64 Double-A games in 2014. He faded hard down the stretch, hitting .210 in August despite hitting all his home runs during this month.
The right-handed batter hit .280 with 2-outs and runners in scoring position. He didn’t have any noticable splits with a .270 average against RHP and .289 average against LHP.
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