Name: Randy Flores
DOB:July 31, 1975
College: Southern California
Became A Cardinal: Selected by the Cardinals in the 21st round of the 1996 free-agent draft, but did not sign. Signed with the New York Yankees in 1997. The Cardinals signed Flores, a free-agent on November 21, 2003.
2005 Season Highlights: Flores posted very solid numbers in his first full season in the big leagues. When Ray King fell out of favor down the stretch, Flores became the primary lefty out of the bullpen and should fill the same role in 2006.
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Scouting ReportINSIDE THE NUMBERS
Flores finished the 2005 season with a 3-1 record and one save. He faced a total of 174 batters in 50 innings. He keeps the ball in the park, opponents hit only five home runs or one home run for every 35 at bats.
At the age of 30, Flores is getting his break and he looks like he's in great shape to start the season.
Flores posted a 1.93 ERA in 14 innings for the Cardinals in late 2004. He can serve as a long reliever and would probably be better suited for that role, rather than the club's other options in Ricardo Rincon, Jeff Nelson or Carmen Cali.
Flores had surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. He's been throwing for almost a month now and should be ready to handle his role with the team.
Flores is a steady and solid player. His best asset is his ability to average more than one strike out/inning pitch. A strong situation pitcher, left-handers hit only .139 against him, compared to .279 for right-handed hitters.
He'll be a late inning specialist, who may be called into a long relief role from time to time. Flores could pick up a few wins and even a couple of saves. He appeared in 50 games last season and the Cardinals will want at least that and perhaps a little more out of him this season.
On a personal note, at the Cardinals Winter Warm Up, I watched Randy Flores, without any advance notice or warning, get up in front of a hundred plus kids and their family members and talk about values, goals, hard work and determination.
I was very impressed with this young man. We can be proud that he is playing for us in a Cardinal uniform. His career in baseball should extend past his playing days.