Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores has passed away on Wednesday due to complications from cancer treatment, according to team CEO and President Sam Kennedy. Flores had only just turned 17 years old last month. Understandably, details on his passing and the causes are being kept private out of respect for him and his family. Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski and Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero have both released statements on the tragic passing.
A statement from the #RedSox regarding the passing of minor league catcher Daniel Flores: pic.twitter.com/6CQuJNW9bi— Red Sox (@RedSox) November 8, 2017
Flores had only been a member of the Red Sox organization for a few months, just being signed as a part of their international amateur free agent class in July. The catching prospect signed with the team for $3.1 million and was regarded as one of the elite prospects available in the class. In fact, some scouts called him the best catching prospect to come out of Latin America since the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez. Prospect lists have not been released for the Red Sox yet, but most had Flores as at least a top-five prospect in the team’s farm system, with some having him as high as number three.
None of that is important, though. We’re not worried about the baseball stuff right now, as a young man has lost his life far too soon. He hadn’t been in the system long enough for us to know too much of his personality, but based on scouting reports and the statement above from Romero, Flores seemed like a phenomenal young man. It’s an incredibly sad day, and all of us at Over The Monster extend our condolences out to Flores’ family.