On Tuesday, with VZBaseball in attendance, Ramón Flores of Barinas did everything right for the hometown Yankees: three hits raised his average a whopping 87 points, and he scored the winning run. In left field, he made a wonderful diving catch, adding to his outstanding fielding resume, already impressive after just three weeks in MLB this season (2 outfield assists in 9 games and a few nice catches).
On Wednesday, the Yankees sent him back to AAA.
Yup, he’s a Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRider again, along with Jose “Black Eagle” Pirela, sent down the same day. Wilking Rodriguez of Puerto Cabello, who’s pitched a total 2 innings in MLB with the Royals and was suspended 80 games last season for PED use, awaited them there.
Players of all ages get caught up in the numbers game of MLB roster moves, but we hope that 23-year-old Flores, who was drafted by the Yankees at age 16, is back soon.
On the #7 line the next night, we caught another Flores, shortstop Wilmer of Los Mets. Though the home side had a rough night in an 8-5 loss, Wilmer had two hits and continues to gain confidence in the field and at the plate. The Mets have the luxury, perhaps, of letting a young player like Wilmer Flores (23 years old, like Ramón) develop on the fly.
Saludos to my main man from Caracas, Ben Rodriguez of Osprey Tours, who shared the Big Apple baseball experience with me–as well as a giant container of cotufa (popcorn) and a few adult beverages.
Thanks also to Larry T. for the excellent Yankee tickets, to Rafa M. for the lift home, and to Mike Fish just for being a long-suffering but ever-loyal Oakland A’s fan.