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Red Sox prospect Daniel Flores dies at age 17 from cancer complications

November 08, 2017 - 6:55 pm

Tragedy has struck the baseball world for a second straight day, this time in the Red Sox organization. The team announced Wednesday afternoon that one of their top prospects, Daniel Flores, has died of complications during treatment for cancer. He was 17.

"Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing," Dave Dombrowsk said. "To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us. On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel’s family."

"Every member of our organization who got to know Daniel absolutely loved him," said senior vice president/assistant GM Eddie Romero. "He was energetic, hard-working, and genuinely selfless, always with a smile on his face. He cared for his teammates and was a natural leader. I’m at a loss for words today. Daniel was an impressive young man with limitless potential, and his life was cut far too short. My condolences go out to Daniel’s mother and sister. Though with us for a short time, Daniel will always be a part of the Red Sox family."

Flores, a catcher, was signed by the Red Sox as part of their most recent international free agent signing class on July 2. A native of Venezuela, he was inked to a $3.1 million signing bonus.

Both MLB.com and Baseball America identified Flores as the No. 2 ranked prospect among those international free agents signed over the summer. BA's Ben Badler identified Flores as the best international catching prospect since Gary Sanchez, who was signed by the Yankees in 2009.

After signing, Flores spent last season at the Red Sox' academy in the Dominican Republic. He was slated to play in the Dominican Summer League in 2018.

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