Randy Alan Flores (born July 31, 1975) is an American director of scouting for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB), a sports commentator, entrepreneur, coach, and former professional baseball relief pitcher who played eight seasons in MLB. Flores attended the University of Southern California (USC) before becoming the New York Yankees' ninth-round selection in the 1997 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut on April 23, 2002, as a member of the Texas Rangers. He was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals' 2006 World Series championship team. During his playing career, Flores batted and threw left-handed, stood 6 feet 0 inches (1.83 m) tall, and weighed 190 pounds (86 kg).
Flores with the St. Louis Cardinals
|Born: July 31, 1975|
|April 23, 2002, for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 27, 2010, for the Minnesota Twins|
|Earned run average||4.61|
|Career highlights and awards|
While playing college baseball for the USC Trojans, Flores was the 1995 Co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year. He played eight seasons in MLB primarily as left-handed specialist for four teams, including the Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Cardinals and Minnesota Twins.
Following his playing career, Flores became an on-air analyst for ESPN and the Pac-12 Network. He also coached for USC and started his own company, OnDeckDigital, whose product allows players and scouts to evaluate game play. In September 2015, he became the director of scouting for the Cardinals.
Early life and amateur careerEdit
After attending El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera, California, Flores played college baseball for the Trojans at the University of Southern California (USC) as a recruited walk-on. He graduated in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a concentration in finance.
While playing college baseball at USC from 1994 to 1997, he set several pitching records that still stood as of 2013, including career wins with 42, innings pitched with 484 1⁄3 and complete games with 22. Flores was the 1995 Co-Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year, going 13–3 with a 3.24 earned run average (ERA) and 86 strikeouts.
Professional playing careerEdit
The New York Yankees selected Flores in the ninth round of the 1997 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2001, the Yankees sent him to the Texas Rangers to complete a trade earlier in the year for infielder Randy Velarde. Flores made his major league debut with the Rangers on April 23, 2002. He also played for the Colorado Rockies before signing as a free agent with the Cardinals on November 20, 2003.
Flores won a championship ring when the Cardinals won the 2006 World Series, defeating the Detroit Tigers four games to one. He appeared in seven games in that postseason, registering 5 2⁄3 innings without giving up an earned run. The next season, he appeared in a career-high 70 games, posting 55 innings pitched and a 4.25 ERA. From 2005 through 2007, he appeared in 185 games, contributing a pivotal role in the Cardinals' bullpen. However, injuries in the second half of 2007 began to reduce his effectiveness, and in the summer of 2008, he cleared waivers prior to a demotion to the Memphis Redbirds. Flores became a free agent after the 2008 season.
On February 10, 2009, Flores signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies with an invitation to spring training. He spent most of the season with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox before the Rockies called him up in September when the rosters expanded. He made the Opening Day roster in 2010 and appeared in 47 games, completing 27 1⁄3 innings with 18 SO and a 2.96 ERA, a record of 2–0, and a 1.28 WHIP. Left-handed batters collected 11 hits in 50 at bats against him. The Rockies designated him for assignment on August 19, 2009. The Minnesota Twins claimed him off waivers six days later.
On February 10, 2011, he signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres with an invite to spring training. Working 18 2⁄3 innings for Tucson, he struck out 19 and walked six before opting out of his contract on May 15. Two days later, he signed a minor league contract with the Yankees. He was released by the Yankees on August 2, 2011 and immediately signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. He was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, after asking for his release.
In 2012, Flores joined ESPN as an on-air analyst during the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship. In 2013, Flores returned to USC as a baseball broadcaster and later assistant baseball coach, while also pursuing a master's degree. In 2014, Flores earned a Master of Science degree in post-secondary administration with an emphasis on athletic administration. In February 2015, Flores joined the Pac-12 Network as a baseball analyst. He launched his own startup company, OnDeckDigital, which utilizes video capture technology to allow players and scouts to evaluate their game play. Scouting departments of MLB clubs started using his product. On August 28, 2015, the Cardinals hired Flores as their new director of scouting, replacing Chris Correa.
Flores' brother, Ron, was also a left-handed relief pitcher who appeared in the major leagues, playing for the Oakland Athletics from 2005–07. Flores and his wife, Lindsey, have two daughters and one son.
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- Coleman, Pat (May 14, 2002). "Rookie roundup". USA Today Baseball Weekly.
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- Renck, Troy (August 19, 2009). "Rockies designate Flores for assignment, bring up Herrera". Denver Post. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- "Twins grab lefty reliever Flores off waivers". MLB.com. August 26, 2010. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Axisa, Mike (May 15, 2011). "Randy Flores opts out of contract". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
- Yankees Sign Randy Flores, MLBTradeRumors.com, May 17, 2011.
- Siegal, Rachel Margolis (June 5, 2012). "College Baseball: ESPN's Record-Setting NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Coverage Continues" (Press release). ESPN MediaZone.
- Nalepa, Christina (July 15, 2014). "World Series champ Flores brings OnDeck Digital to Cape". Cape Cod Baseball League.
- "Pac-12 Networks announces on-air talent & programming for third season of baseball coverage" (Press release). Pac-12 Networks PR. February 9, 2015.
- Goold, Derrick (August 28, 2015). "Cards to hire Randy Flores as new scouting director". St. Louis Post-Dispatch.