Daniel Flores, a catcher who signed in July at the age of 17 with the Boston Red Sox when the signing window for international amateurs opened, died on Wednesday from complications stemming from his cancer treatment, said the team.
Flores was been signed in Venezuela and had been classified as the second best available prospect. He was in Boston receiving treatments at the time of his death.
Everyone with the organization was shocked to hear of the tragic passing of Daniel, said Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.
He called the death extremely saddening to everyone in the organization and on behalf of the entire Red Sox organization he extended their deepest sympathies to the family.
Flores, who was 6-foot-1, and a switch-hitter, said during a news conference in July in Venezuela’s capital of Caracas, that his idol was Salvador Perez.
He added at that time that he hoped he could play 15 to 20 years in the majors and reach the Hall of Fame.
Although Flores was several years from playing in the majors, he already was being praised by scouts for his excellent defense around the plate, very good arm strength and a quick release.
Manny Padron, who coached Flores, said during the signing in July that Flores was mature for his age.
Padron added that he was a catcher that had great potential, and very good ability behind the plate with his glove.
Offensively Padron said the Flores had power when batting right and a great deal of ability while batting from the left.
Flores signed a deal for $3.1 million which made him the third highest paid prospect ever from Venezuela.
Eddie Romero, the senior vice president and the assistant general manager for the Red Sox, said that every member of the organization who knew Daniel loved him. He was hardworking, selfless and energetic and always seen with a smile. Romero added that Flores cared for all his teammates and was a leader.
Romero concluded by saying he did not have the words to express how he was feeling. He called Daniel an impressive young man that had unlimited potential, whose life was cut much too short.
He promised the Flores family that although Daniel had been with the team for only short period, he would always be a member of the Red Sox family.