Boston announced the tragic news this evening.
Daniel Flores, one of the top catching prospects in baseball, has died. He was 17.
The Boston Red Sox announced this evening that the promising prospect had died “due to complications during treatment for cancer.”
Flores, a highly-regarded switch-hitting catcher out of Venezuela, had signed with Boston this summer to a signing bonus of $3.1 million.
The Red Sox released the following statement:
This is tragic and heartbreaking. Daniel Flores was a wonderful young man. pic.twitter.com/KvLzpfBA8V
— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) November 8, 2017
Baseball America had rated Flores as the second-best prospect in the international class. He had drawn comparisons to the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez, who’s already one of the best catchers in the MLB at 24 years old.
Tragic news: @RedSox 17-year-old prospect Daniel Flores has died due to complications during treatment for cancer. Elite catcher was just signed out of Venezuela in July for $3.1 million. He was No. 5 on #RedSox Top 30 list: https://t.co/EtVXHtaWeq pic.twitter.com/bRnbr9u9nx
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) November 8, 2017
This is a tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers are with Flores’ friends and family at this time.
Rest in peace, Daniel.