“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” Boston President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “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.”
Red Sox Assistant General Manager Eddie Romero Jr. said in a statement that Flores would be remembered as an “energetic, hard-working, and genuinely selfless” person who always had a smile on his face.”
“I’m at a loss for words today,” Romero said in the statement. “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.”
Hours before the team statement, WEII.com’s Rob Bradford reported that Flores was dealing with a “serious medical condition” at a hospital. He had traveled to Boston to receive treatment for his cancer, according to The Boston Globe.
Flores was widely regarded as the Red Sox’s top catching prospect and signed a contract with the team July 2 as part of their international free agent signing class. His contract included a $3.1 million signing bonus.
At a news conference following the agreement, Flores said he intended on having a very long career in the MLB.
“Salvador Pérez is my idol,” he said at the news conference in in Caracas, Venezuela, as reported by El Nacional. “I hope I can have the constancy to play between 15 and 20 years in Major League Baseball. I hope I can get to the Hall of Fame.”
Flores was ranked as a the No. 2 prospect of all the MLB international signings over the summer by both MLBPipeline.com and Baseball America. He was recently ranked by Mass Live as being the No. 5 prospect in the Red Sox’s farm system.
Flores described his journey to the MLB at the press conference, expressing gratitude to his family for encouraging him to stick with what he loved.
“This is something incredible and satisfying, thank God and my mother, my whole family, I have always been advised and instilled the word ‘excellence,” he said. “You always have to look for perfection because if you do, you can get to that, to excellence. Since I left Porlamar I always knew that this is what I wanted, although I do not deny that it was difficult to leave my family.”
Flores’ scouting profile on SoxProspects.com says that he offered “elite defense across the board — quickness, footwork, glove arm — and had a solid bat with above-average power.”
“Our area scout in the Caracas area was on him very early,” Romero said to the publication. “You could tell right away that he was going to be one of the higher-profile guys to come out of Venezuela and probably overall in the international market.”
Red Sox fans, baseball fans and many others mourned Flores’ death on social media following the tragic news.