Antoni Flores Minors Shortstop

       
 
Age: 19
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
College: -
High School: -
   

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
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 2011
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 2, 2018 (DSL)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/20): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2020): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: -
Instagram: @antoniadfc

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Already physically developed for his age. Average athlete, needs to get stronger. Was noticeably thicker during the 2019 season to the point that it limited his mobility and quick-twitch athleticism. Will have to watch his body as he gets older to ensure he doesn’t lose any more athleticism.

Hit: Starts square and utilizes a leg kick. Loose at the plate. Will shorten up with two strikes. Good bat angle. Above-average bat speed. Bat will take some time to develop. Approach needs work. Needs to improve pitch recognition. Struggled against more advanced pitching in 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 average hit tool.

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

Run: Below-average speed. Won't be a huge threat to steal bases, but could grab a few due to strong baserunning instincts. Speed grade dropped a half grade in 2019. 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 the game with some flair in the field. Range decreased in 2019 as he lost some of his athleticism. 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.
  Career Notes: Had trouble staying healthy in 2018, missing six weeks with what the team called "general soreness" (but 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. A 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 initial struggles, and was replaced in the lineup by GCL call-ups during the Spinners’ playoff run. Participated in the Fall Instructional League in 2018, when he was one of the most impressive players in camp, and 2019.

Summation: Potential emergency up-and-down infielder. Ceiling of a second-division regular. Wide gap between what he is now and what he could be in the future. Best present tool is his arm. Has a chance for three more average tools in hit, power, and defense if he reaches his potential. 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. 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 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 10-15 prospects in the system.

Links
Spring Training Video of Antoni Flores (3.22.19)
State of the System 2020: Middle Infielders (4.29.2020)
Scouting Report Update (5,13.2020)
 
   
     
    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
   
     
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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
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