Theo Fightmaster, General Manager
In a move intended to strengthen its starting rotation, the Sonoma Stompers Professional Baseball Club’s has signed former Milwaukee Brewers prospect, Jose Flores.
Flores, 23 and originally from Fremont, pitched for the Brewers Rookie Ball team in 2015, appearing in 12 games, primarily as a short-reliever, earning a win and a save.
The Friday starter at University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and a shortstop, Flores furnished a 1.67 ERA in 43 innings pitched his junior year (2014). As a senior, he pitched in 56 1/3 innings with a 2.56 ERA, and allowed just 36 hits. In his two years at OSAO the 6-ffor-4 right-hander struck out 124 batters while walking just 39, and conceded only one home run.
“Jose is the kind of player that makes a big difference in leagues like the Pacific Association,” Stompers GM Theo Fightmaster said. “He has the tools, the stuff and the makeup of a prospect. It’s our job to help him put all those things together and then we all will enjoy watching him pitch here and throughout the rest of his career, wherever it takes him.”
Flores joins a pitching staff that will include Eric Mozieka, Landon Hunt and expects to return a number of key hurlers from 2015, along with rookie of the year, Mark Hurley, shortstop Eddie Mora-Lorea and slugging first baseman, Daniel Baptista.
Additionally, the team will scout and sign players out of the Pacific Association’s Open Tryout, slated from April 23-24 at CC Sabathia Field in Vallejo. Players interested in competing for a job with any of the Pacific Assoc. teams are encouraged to register online at www.StompersBaseball.com. The tryout was rescheduled due to inclement weather after originally being slated to take place March 12-13 in Sonoma.
The Stompers finished the 2015 season with their second winning record in as many years, going 44-33. In the franchise’s inaugural campaign in 2014, Sonoma boasted a 42-36 record.
The Stompers open the season May 31, 2016, and start their home season in Sonoma on Tuesday, June 7, at 6 p.m. against the Vallejo Admirals.
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