Rookie Dish: Four For Flores

Prospect of the Day

Kingsport (Mets) shortstop Wilmer Flores put together his tenth multi-hit game of the year on Tuesday night. Flores’ 4-for-5 night in a 5-4 loss to Johnson City (Cardinals) came the night after he saw his batting average dip to a season-low .324 after a 1-for-4 night. The 16-year-old came into the season regarded as one of the league’s top prospects, but his performance thus far has put him head and shoulders above the leagues’ other prospects. Nearly four years younger than the average age in the Appalachian League, Flores has torched the league’s pitching, batting .346/.388/.589.

Prospect Nuggets

Johnson City shortstop Niko Vasquez went 1-for-2  in Johnson City’s win, picking up his ninth double of the year. Just as impressive has been Vasquez’ command of the strike zone in his first month of professional baseball. His .319/.415/.516 line shows an advanced feel for hitting and plate discipline for a 19-year-old just a few months removed from high school baseball. . .The night after his brother’s first professional extra-base hit, Princeton (Rays) infielder Jeremy Beckham delivered his fourth double of the year. Beckham put together a 2-for-3 night in Princeton’s 7-4 win over Burlington. . . J.J. Putz (Mariners) threw two shutout innings on Tuesday, completing the Arizona League portion of his rehab. Putz will now head to Tacoma this weekend before returning to Seattle as soon as next week. . .AZL Padres center fielder Jaff Decker was 2-for-4 in Tuesday’s game against the AZL Royals. Decker’s multi-hit game was the ninth out of his first fourteen professional games. . .AZL Royals lefthander Mike Montgomery gave up the first earned runs of his pro career on Tuesday. Montgomery went four innings in his start, giving up a pair of runs on three hits. The Royals’ first supplemental round pick struck out three, while walking two batters. . .Braves’ first supplemental round pick Brett DeVall made his pro debut for the GCL Braves on Tuesday. DeVall, taken out of a Florida high school, threw two scoreless innings in his first game. The lefthander gave up one hit and one walk, but did not record any strikeouts in the outing.

What to Watch for Today

After an off-day, the Pioneer League will return to action with four games.