Flores shuts down Isotopes with ten strikeouts

BOX SCORES: SAC / RIC / SJ / AUG / SK / AZL / DSL

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.

OTHER NOTES

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.

TOMORROW'S STARTERS

TOP-30 PROSPECTS ROUNDUP

  1. Tyler Beede: DNP
  2. Christian Arroyo: DNP
  3. Bryan Reynolds: 0-for-4, 2 SO
  4. Steven Duggar: DNP
  5. Chris Shaw: 1-for-4, 2 SO
  6. Sandro Fabian: 1-for-3, R
  7. Heath Quinn: DNP
  8. Joan Gregorio: DNP
  9. Jordan Johnson: DNP
  10. Andrew Suarez: DNP
  11. Sam Coonrod: DNP
  12. Matt Krook: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 6 K
  13. Aramis Garcia: 0-for-4, 2 SO
  14. C.J. Hinojosa: 2-for-4, R, BB, SO
  15. Reyes Moronta: DNP
  16. Rodolfo Martinez: DNP
  17. Austin Slater: DNP
  18. Kelvin Beltre: 2-for-3, R, 3B
  19. Dan Slania: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  20. Cory Taylor: DNP
  21. Chris Stratton: DNP
  22. Chase Johnson: DNP
  23. Jalen Miller: 1-for-4, SO
  24. Melvin Adon: DNP
  25. Garrett Williams: DNP
  26. Dylan Davis: 0-for-4, SO
  27. Ryder Jones: DNP
  28. Hunter Cole: DNP
  29. Miguel Gomez: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B
  30. Ryan Howard: 0-for-3, SO

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