University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma pitcher Jose Flores followed the MLB Draft eagerly last week, waiting for a call that never came.
“I was getting nervous just watching the draft and talking to my agent,” Flores said.
Flores’ agent told him to keep his head high and assured him the right opportunity would come.
“Sure enough, a couple days later, I was just sitting here watching TV and I got a call from the Brewers,” Flores said.
The Brewers wanted him to sign as a free agent. He appeared the very next day ready for his contract, his physical and his first day of rookie baseball.
“I was a little disappointed when he didn’t get taken in the draft, but it all worked out,” USAO Head Baseball Coach Mike Ross said. “We, as a program, are very happy with this. We know he will represent the university well at the next level.”
Flores described his first few days as a chance to get a feel for everything and to meet his new teammates.
“It’s pretty exciting. All the guys I’m meeting are coming from big Division I schools and I’m just from a little NAIA school,” he said.
Flores was certainly one of the best pitchers to come through the Drover program, despite battling injuries through both of his seasons at USAO.
In those seasons, Flores threw 99.1 innings for an earned run average of 2.17, which would obliterate the school record for ERA if he had met the career minimum of 100 innings pitched.
He threw 124 strikeouts during his time at the university, collecting a 10-2 record. The two losses is program low for two seasons of play.
Additionally, he holds the career record shutouts with four.
“I can’t thank Coach Ross enough for teaching me how to pitch and changing it around for me,” Flores said. “He showed me the ropes, showed me the way, and I trusted everything he said. And it turned out perfect.”
Ross said he was glad to have Flores on the mound for the Drovers for two seasons and sees a lot of potential in his future.
“We were happy to have him and wish him all of the success in the world,” he said.