Antoni Flores Greenville Drive Shortstop

Age: 22
Born: October 14, 2000
Birthplace: Valencia, VZ
Height: 6-1
Weight: 190
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent (July 2017)
College: -
High School: -

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Antoni Flores photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: AHN-tony FLOOR-ezz
First Pro Contract: July 2, 2017 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Angel Escobar & Eddie Romero
Signing Bonus: $1,400,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
Twitter: -
Instagram: @antoniadfc

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  Physical Description: Already physically developed for his age. Was noticeably thicker during the 2019 season, to the point that it limited his mobility and quick-twitch athleticism, and looked even less athletic during the 2020 Fall Instructional League. Declining athleticism has become a significant problem. Lacks definition, needs to get stronger.

Hit: Starts square and utilizes a leg kick. Loose at the plate. Good bat angle. Average bat speed. Bat will take some time to develop. Approach needs work. Needs to improve pitch recognition. Will shorten up with two strikes. Struggled against more advanced pitching in an aggressive assignment to the New York-Penn League in 2019. Was unable to catch up to velocity, especially up in the zone, and was overly aggressive early in counts, leading to a lot of weak contact. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Will show fringe-average raw power in batting practice. Could take some time to translate in game action. Power is primarily to the pull side at present, but could develop all-fields power in the future. Could stand to add some loft to his swing.

Run: Well-below-average speed. Will not be a threat to steal bases, but could grab a few due to strong baserunning instincts. Speed dropped a half grade in 2019 and another grade in 2020. Will need to put work into taking care of his body to prevent further decrease.

Field: Soft hands, fluid actions in the field. Strong instincts for his age. Reads the game well; rarely lets the ball play him. Plays defense with some flair. Range decreased in 2019 as he lost some of his athleticism, raising questions about whether he will stick at shortstop long-term. Played only second base during 2020 Fall Instructional League. Potential to develop into an above-average defender.

Arm: Plus arm strength. Capable of making all the throws necessary from the left side of the infield. Solid carry.
  Career Notes: Had trouble staying healthy in 2018, missing six weeks with what the team called "general soreness" (that may have been a strained left shoulder) after being promoted stateside from the DSL, then pulling his hamstring in his second game after returning, leading to a second absence. Was one of the most impressive players at the 2018 Fall Instructional League. A very small minority of scouts considered him the system's top prospect entering 2019, but he struggled in an aggressive assignment to Lowell. Appeared to be pressing later in the 2019 season, compounding his initial struggles, and was replaced in the lineup by GCL call-ups during the Spinners' playoff run. Also participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2019 and 2020.

Summation: Potential minor league depth infielder. Ceiling of a high-minors organizational player. Wide gap between what he is now and what he could be in the future, but decreased athleticism has impacted projection. Best present tool is his arm. Strong instincts for his age have allowed tools to play up in the past, but tools played down as he struggled through a difficult 2019 season and again at Fall Instructs 2020. Entered 2019 as one of the most intriguing prospects in the system, but his body regressed and he really struggled at the plate. Odds of reaching his ceiling are much lower now, but it is still possible he could return to the form he showed in 2018 and quickly re-establish himself as one of the top 20-25 prospects in the system.

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    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2018 DSL Red Sox DSL Rk Bos 17 13 49 10 17 3 1 1 14 25 8 7 0 1 0.347 0.439 0.510 0.949
  2018 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 17 2 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 1 1 0 0 0.250 0.400 0.750 1.150
  2019 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 18 55 181 14 35 4 1 0 12 41 25 59 1 3 0.193 0.293 0.227 0.520
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 FCL Red Sox FCL Rk Bos 20 8 27 4 6 0 0 0 2 6 6 9 0 0 0.222 0.365 0.222 0.586
  2021 Salem Red Sox LAE A Bos 20 45 151 23 35 12 0 1 22 50 21 38 2 1 0.232 0.335 0.331 0.666
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  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Greenville Drive SAL A+ Bos 21     stats                            
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