Q&A with Ramon Flores

Flores wants to improve his base running

The Yankees signed some intriguing position prospects last week on July 2nd Signing Day, including centerfielder Ramon Flores from Venezuela. We sat down with Flores for a quick Q&A session to find out why he chose the Yankees, to give us a scouting report on himself, who he would compare his game to at the big league level style-wise, and more.

[This interview was made possible with the help of a translator]

PinstripesPlus.com: When you were considering which team to sign with, why did you ultimately decide to go with the Yankees?

Ramon Flores: They were the first team I worked out with and it just seemed like a perfect fit because I really enjoy playing with them. The Yankees were always my favorite team growing up and my favorite player is Melky Cabrera.

PinstripesPlus.com: Give us a scouting report on yourself. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Flores: All people tell me I look like Melky Cabrera on and off the field. I only hit from the left side, but like Melky, I do things pretty easily, like hitting, running, throwing – all nice and smooth.

PinstripesPlus.com: Since you've already made the comparison, what do you do as well as Melky and what don't you do as well as Melky?

Flores: I feel like I am a better fielder and when I'm hitting I have my hands inside all the time, so I can improve a little bit there.

PinstripesPlus.com: Now that you've signed with the Yankees, what are looking to improve the most as you begin your professional careeer?

Flores: The first thing I want to do is improve my running. I'd like to get in better shape and then I think you can always improve on your hitting. I wouldn't mind getting my arm stronger. Actually I just want to improve on my entire game.

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