Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Top Red Sox Prospect Dies Of Complications During Cancer Treatment

Top Red Sox Prospect Dies Of Complications During Cancer Treatment

Red Sox Nation was struck by terrible news Wednesday afternoon, as it was revealed that minor league catching prospect Daniel Flores has passed away due to complications during cancer treatment. According to a tweet from Victor Gomez, translated by Max Wildstein of The Sporting News, Flores was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer.

The Red Sox organization released a statement from team president Dave Dombrowski and vice president Eddie Romero on Wednesday night. We send our honest condolences to Daniel's family and those in the Red Sox organization who had the opportunity to get to know this 17-year-old young man. "On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel's family". Flores, a catcher signed this past July out of Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, certainly held great promise on the field based on reports-as much as any addition to the farm system in recent memory.

Flores idolized Salvador Perez, the Kansas City Royals catcher and another native Venezuelan, and was generally regarded as one of the top worldwide prospects in the Red Sox system if not all of baseball.

Manny Padron, one of Flores' coaches, told Hardball Scoop in July that the player was very mature for his age. He was energetic, hard-working, and genuinely selfless, always with a smile on his face. "In the offense, he shows a lot of power in the right side and a lot of ability in the left side". I'm at a loss for words today. He will improve, he always does, in every aspect of the game.

Flores is survived by his mother and a sister.

Dombrowski said the Red Sox "had interest in a couple" of pitching coaches who went elsewhere, and they were still looking to fill the position when organizational meetings began Monday at Fenway Park.

Romero added Wednesday that Flores was "an impressive young man with limitless potential".

Many pitching coaches on the market shuffled teams, including former Red Sox pitching coach Carl Willis, who was hired for the same role by the Cleveland Indians.

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