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Friday, June 19, 2020

Juan Flores took advantage of an opportunity in college; Saw three pro seasons, made high-A

Juan Flores started the 1990 season at the University of Miami as the team's second catcher. After the starter cooled, though, Flores stepped up, The West Palm Beach Post wrote.

He did so with a .328 average by late March, The Post wrote.

"The concept here is teamwork," Flores told The Post then. "If we're winning, I don't mind not playing, but if the opportunity is there, I'm going to take it."

Flores soon took his opportunity on to the pros. His pro career lasted three seasons. He briefly made high-A.

Flores' pro career began that year in 1990, signed by the Brewers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami.

Flores started with the Brewers at rookie Helena. He got into 33 games there and hit .287. He won game MVP in a June contest as he went 2 for 4 after a 1 for 10  start.

"Getting used to the wooden bats," Flores told The Helena Independent Record of his slow start.

Late that season, his defensive work behind the plate stood out as threw out four runners in one game, The Independent-Record wrote.

Flores moved to single-A Beloit and high-A Stockton for 1991. He saw 12 games at Stockton went 5 for 33. He then saw 66 at Beloit and hit .205.

Flores then arrived in the Expos system for 1992. He saw 28 games and hit .149 to end his career.
1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured:3,401
Made the Majors:1,202-35.3%
Never Made Majors:2,199-64.7%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:499
10+ Seasons in the Minors:292

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