Flores was assigned to the Angels' minor league camp Tuesday. The 25-year-old was able to secure a roster spot with the Brewers last spring, but slashed just .205/.294/.261 across 289 plate appearances before the team removed him from the 40-man roster last August. He was forced to settle for a minor-league deal with the Angels in the offseason, and will need to make his mark at Triple-A Salt Lake before receiving a cup of coffee with the parent club.
Flores received an invitation to major league spring training Thursday. The 24-year-old signed with the Angels back in November, but even though he's out of options, his lackluster performance with the Brewers last season hardly has him in the conversation for a major league roster spot. He'll likely act as organizational depth for the season unless an injury crops up at the major league level.
Flores signed a minor league contract with the Angels on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reports. He hit just .205 with a .261 SLG in 289 plate appearances with the Brewers this past season, but Flores drew walks at a 10.7 percent clip, bats left-handed and can play all three outfield positions. The 24-year-old would be a top candidate for a reserve role if Cameron Maybin were to go down with an injury, but for now, Flores is slated to open the year as organizational depth in the minors.
Flores was designated for assignment Friday. The decision to designate the struggling Flores for assignment was made to create room for Domingo Santana, as Santana was activated from the DL. Since the All-Star break, Flores has hit just .140/.271/.220, bringing his line down to just .205/.294/.261 for the season.
Flores is hitless in six attempts with two walks since the beginning of August. The 24-year-old has seen his playing time cut severely, getting just two starts in the last seven games. Hernan Perez has been swinging a hot bat and solidifying himself as the Brewers' everyday right fielder. This leaves Flores with little more than the occasional start against a righty hurler since Ryan Braun is a staple in left and the Brewers already have a two-man platoon in center with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Keon Broxton