After proving his worth in Double-A for seven starts among 19 total appearances, veteran minor-league right-hander Jose Flores received a promotion to Triple-A, and dazzled in his first start as a member of the Sacramento River Cats in 2017.
The Bolivar, Venezuela native struck out 10 Isotopes while allowing just two baserunners (walk, single) to reach during all seven innings. The outing wasn't his first appearance at the Triple-A level, nor was it his first as a River Cat. Flores was previously in the A's organization and pitched 29.1 innings for the Cats in 2014. He was used as a reliever that season, as well as pretty much every other season since being signed as a youngster way back in 2007. In fact, Flores made his first pro start since 2008 when he took the mound on May 24 for the Flying Squirrels.
As a starter in Richmond, Flores rung up 26 hitters in 29.2 innings while allowing 24 hits and eight walks. Overall in 2017 before promotion, he was fantastic, posting numbers like a 24.1 K%, 8.0 BB%, and .193 OBA with only five extra-base hits (all doubles) in 33 hits allowed.
Here's Flores's tenth punch out of the night, featuring a nasty-looking breaking ball of some variety after throwing all fastballs in the first four pitches of the at-bat.
— C.J. Hinojosa remains hot at the plate after a slow start to 2017 had him at an OPS of just .526 through 129 plate appearances. Since then, in a stretch of 71 plate appearances, Hinojosa is slashing .422/.465/.609 with six doubles and two home runs. He's raised his batting average from .211 to .287 and his isolated slugging percentage from .026 to .084.
— We can't talk about being hot at the plate without bringing up recent second-round pick Jacob Gonzalez, who through four pro games is a ridiculous 12-for-15 at the plate with four doubles, three walks, and one strikeout. Pretty incredible for a 19-year-old.
— Outfielder Aaron Bond has been impressive, as well. On Tuesday night he clubbed a three-run homer and threw out a runner at home from left field. The 12th-round pick from San Jacinto College in Texas has seven hits (double, home run) in his first 15 plate appearances.
- Sacramento: Roberto Gomez (6.54 ERA, 1.73 WHIP)
- Richmond: Jordan Johnson (4.38 ERA, 1.42 WHIP)
- San Jose: Madison Bumgarner (!)
- Augusta: Garrett Williams (2.95 ERA, 1.58 WHIP)
- Salem-Keizer: Alejandro De La Rosa (1.76 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP
- Tyler Beede: DNP
- Christian Arroyo: DNP
- Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- Steven Duggar: DNP
- Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2 SO
- Sandro Fabian: 1-for-3, R
- Heath Quinn: DNP
- Joan Gregorio: DNP
- Jordan Johnson: DNP
- Andrew Suarez: DNP
- Sam Coonrod: DNP
- Matt Krook: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K
- Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, 2 SO
- C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, R, BB, SO
- Reyes Moronta: DNP
- Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
- Austin Slater: DNP
- Kelvin Beltre: 2-for-3, R, 3B
- Dan Slania: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
- Cory Taylor: DNP
- Chris Stratton: DNP
- Chase Johnson: DNP
- Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, SO
- Melvin Adon: DNP
- Garrett Williams: DNP
- Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, SO
- Ryder Jones: DNP
- Hunter Cole: DNP
- Miguel Gomez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B
- Ryan Howard: 0-for-3, SO