What a tragic past couple days for the MLB.  Tuesday, it was announced that former All-Star pitcher, Roy Halladay had passed away.  Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox announced that their top catching prospect, Daniel Flores had passes away due to complications with his cancer treatment.

Daniel Flores just signed a contract with the Red Sox out of Venezuela in July.  It is reported that the young catcher signed with a bonus of $3.1 million.

Flores was ranked as the No. 2 international free agent by MLB.com and Baseball America going into the July signing period.  Baseball America considered Flores the best catching prospect since Gary Sanchez.

The Red Sox released two statements regarding Flores’ death.

“Everyone at the Red Sox was shocked to hear of Daniel’s tragic passing,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “To see the life of a young man with so much promise cut short is extremely saddening for all of us. On behalf of the Red Sox organization, I would like to extend our deepest sympathaies and condalences to Daniel’s family.” 

“Every member of our organization who got to know Daniel absoluately loved him. He was energetic, hard-working, and genuinely selfless, always with a smile on his face. He cared for his teammates and was a natural leader. I’m at a loss for words today. Daniel was an impressive young man with limitless potential, and his life was cut too short.”

Any time something like this happens, it’s awful, but what makes this even worse is the fact that the kid was 17 years old.  He had so much life ahead of him and had such a promising career ahead of him.  We here at Sox Sphere would like to send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Daniel Flores’ family.