Jorge Flores (minors02)
Jorge Antonio Flores Santana
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 5", Weight 160 lb.
The Arizona Diamondbacks took him in the 46th round of the 2010 amateur draft out of high school, one pick after Justin Haley. He went on to junior college, then the Toronto Blue Jays chose him in the 19th round of the 2012 amateur draft. This time, he signed. He hit .265/.355/.381 for the Vancouver Canadians that summer, fielding .945 at short. He tied for 6th in the Northwest League in times hit by pitch (11). That winter, he was 0 for 1 with two runs in five games for the Naranjeros de Hermosillo. In '13, he played for the Lansing Lugnuts (.247/.248/.361 in 58 G) and Dunedin Blue Jays (.193/.292/.316 in 19 G). He hit .182/.217/.182 that winter for Hermosillo, backing up Heber Gómez at short.
In 2014, he played for Dunedin (.308/.374/.363 in 32 G) and the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (.293/.338/.341 in 64 G), alternating between second and short. He started for the 2014-2015 Naranjeros, batting .225/.282/.282 and fielding .947 as their regular shortstop. With the 2015 Fisher Cats, he hit .276/.360/.347; he was their most-used shortstop and backed up Christian Lopes and Jon Berti at 2B. He hit .238/.359/.287 for Hermosillo.
Flores struggled in 2016 for New Hampshire (.187/.260/.242 in 82 G) and wound up back with Dunedin for 32 games (.263/.326/.381). He hit .239/.316/.318 for Hermosillo and fielding .969. The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies) took him in the AAA portion of the 2016 Rule V Draft. He played for the IronPigs (.260/.304/.300 in 25 G) and Reading Fightin Phils (.231/.241/.308 in 9 G) then was let go. He was picked up by the D-back and hit .216/.277/.373 in 30 games for the Visalia Rawhide. He also pitched four games that summer, going 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA.
He hit .289/.405/.343 for Hermosillo in 2017-2018, scoring 35 times in 59 games and fielded .978. He was 6th in the Mexican Pacific League in OBP, between Jesse Castillo and Agustín Murillo and missed the top 10 in runs by one. He won the Gold Glove. He spent all of 2018 in the Mexican League, his career north of the border possibly over. The Liga went to a split format that year. In the spring season, he hit .407/.468/.537 in 14 games for the Pericos de Puebla and .286/.369/.416 in 38 games for the Acereros de Monclova. In the fall, he hit .268/.335/.362 for Monclova, scoring 33 runs in 45 games. In the winter, he was with Hermosillo (.200/.273/.250 in 15 G) and the Mayos de Navojoa (.296/.407/.423 in 20 G).
Moving to the Leones de Yucatan, he produced at a .289/.409/.360 clip with 70 runs and 20 times plunked. He was one shy of league HBP leader Alberto Carreon. Playing for Mexico in the 2019 Premier 12, he backed up Esteban Quiroz at 2B, Javier Salazar at SS and José Vargas at 3B. He was 1 for 9 with 2 walks and 3 runs while handling 8 chances error-free. He got his lone hit off Jim Ploeger. Mexico met the USA in the 3rd/4th place game, with the winner earning a spot in the 2020 Olympics. Down 2-1 in the 8th, he batted for Salazar and drew a walk from Clayton Andrews but was stranded. He stayed in and handled 3 chances in the field, while striking out against Noah Song in the 9th with the game tied at 2 and the potential go-ahead run on second base. Mexico won the spot in the Olympics with a 10th-inning run but the Olympics were then delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.