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Flores stays sharp despite lack of ABs

Apr 15, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

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Even when his bat shatters, Jesus Flores is recording base hits these days.

This isn't the first time Jesus Flores has been asked to serve as the Nationals' backup catcher. He did it as a rookie Rule 5 draft pick in 2007, and he did it again late last season.

It's no easy task, though, to keep your bat sharp when opportunities are few and far between, something Flores certainly experienced last year while hitting a scant .209 with one homer and two RBI over 91 plate appearances.

A year older and a year wiser, Flores seems to have figured out the trick to success as a backup. He's already produced six hits in 10 at-bats while matching his RBI output from 2011 as a whole.

"Last year, I was in the same page," he said. "Now I'm more mature and kind of became more experienced, so I kind of learned to get to know myself better. I just keep doing my drills and all that stuff to keep my swing in check, and that's why I've been [more] successful in theRead more »

  1. UNTERP - Apr 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Prior to his injury Jesus was my favorite player. One word comes to mind about Flores: clutch. Davey might have to make a decision of playing Ramos 2 games Flores 1 game every three games down the road. He hits…

  2. sjm308 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    UNterpagree with that – they are both #1 catchers and we should keep them both fresh – key to whatever rotation Davey uses is communication between the manager and players – I would bring them both in, let them know how happy I am with both and let them know what the plan is for the remainder of the season. 6 starters (when Wang returns) and 2 #1 catchers, who would have ever thought it??Go Nats!!

  3. Mary in Springfield - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I recall hearing that during his rookie year Jesus's English language was limited, and that during his recovery from surgery he devoted a lot of time and effort to improving his English. I like both he and Ramos and it will be good to have both of them on the roster. Looking forward to a great Nats season!!

  4. Section 3, My PFB Sofa - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Catchers do not feel pain, no matter how much it hurts.

  5. Theophilus - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Happy w/ both catchers. Greedy enuf to want to keep 'em both. Can't remember a team with similar good fortune since the Howard-Berra Yankees. Sort of like having two Molinas who can hit.

  6. Anonymous - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    to be honest im tired of seeing ramos get beat by fastballs,flores should play agianst the hard throwers and ramos agianst the junk throwers.

  7. sm13 - Apr 15, 2012 at 5:53 PM

    Another area where the Nats have a surplus of talent. How many teams carry two number 1 catchers?

  8. Hanging On - Apr 15, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Ramos is not playing, especially hitting like a #1 catcher. I'd take Flores bat 5 days a week.

  9. NatsFanJim - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Flores was showing signs of stardom before he got hurt. Now that he is fully recovered, it is painfully obvious that he is better than Ramos.Time to make a change. Flores to start; ramos to sub.

  10. natsfan1a - Apr 15, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    I love our catchers. That is all. :-)





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