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The 2017 international class is deep in talent. In Venezuela, the best prospect this year is Daniel Flores.
A 16-year-old switch-hitter, Flores is a strong, physical player (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) who draws superlative reviews for his outstanding defensive skills and at times has shown high-level offensive performance as well.
Picking who deserves to be ranked the No. 1 prospect in the entire class isn't as easy as it was last year with Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, who signed with the Braves for $4.25 million and was the consensus No. 1 player in the class. For the 2017-18 international signing period, which opens on July 2, the two players many scouts have at the top of their lists this year are Flores and Dominican shortstop Wander Franco.
Here is the case for Flores, who trains with Jose Salas and is expected to sign with the Red Sox.