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Texas SS Jalin Flores reaches 10 home runs on the season

Social media reacts to Jalin Flores’ grand slam into the Yeti Yard

Texas shortstop Jalin Flores is having a special season. The young player has a deceptively powerful swing.

The second-year shortstop reached 10 home runs on the season with an opposite field no doubt swing on Tuesday against the Abilene Christian Wildcats. The Abilene Christian right fielder didn’t bother to make an attempt to rob the home run. It was out of reach.

Flores’ 10 home runs move him to second on the team. Second-year outfielder Max Belyeu has 11 home runs on the season.

That Flores is thriving is a testament to his resilience and the work put in by him and the Texas staff after a tough season in 2023. The Longhorns shortstop batted .175 with four home runs, 23 RBI and a .603 OPS through 123 plate appearances. This season through 135 plate appearances, eight more than last season, Flores has over 1.000 OPS, .359 batting average, 10 home runs and 30 RBI.

Flores’ turnaround season could be what Texas needs to break through early struggles. The Longhorns look to build on a series win over Kansas State.

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