Selected in the 2011 Rule 5 draft by the Orioles. Maximized frame for a middle infielder. Ability to play all over the diamond. Has seen time at shortstop, third base, first base and outfield. His primary position is second base, which he has grown into a solid defensive player there. Flaherty has improved his footwork up the middle, which has helped his range turn from average to a tick above average. Strong arm, which allows him to make up for some of his deficiencies. Above average raw power, especially for a middle infielder. Plate discipline against right-handed pitchers is average, but below average against left-handed pitchers. Does not always get good reads on secondary offerings such as change ups and curveballs from lefties. Has improved plate discipline, but most likely will not be a high OBP type of player. Absolutely crushes fastballs, which is often why he is thrown primarily junk. Can catch up to MLB-caliber velocity. Flaherty has the ability to be a 2nd division starter and put up solid power numbers as a second basemen, but will also fit comfortably into a utility role.