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Former NY Yankees Outfielder Signs with Patriots

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The Somerset Patriots have signed former Major League outfielder Ramon Flores, who broke in to the big leagues in 2015 with the New York Yankees. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed Major League outfielder Ramon Flores who broke in to the big leagues with the New York Yankees in 2015.

He will be active for Friday night’s game against the Road Warriors.

Flores, 26, enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The left-handed outfielder has three years of service at the Major League level. In his brief stint with the Yankees, he had seven hits over 12 games before he was traded along with Jose Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners at the trade deadline for Dustin Ackley. He was traded again in the ensuing offseason from the Mariners to the Milwaukee Brewers.

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A native of Venezuela, Flores enjoyed his best season in the majors in 2016 with the Brewers when he had 51 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 19 stolen bases over 104 games. He made it back up to the majors again in 2017 and played three games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Flores originally signed with the Yankees as a 17 year-old in 2009 and rose through the ranks thanks to a couple of notable seasons. He hit .302 with six home runs, 39 RBI and 24 stolen bases as a 20 year-old with High-A Tampa in 2012. Flores also impressed in 2015 with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders by hitting .286 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.

His most productive season in professional baseball came last year with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization. There, Flores hit .312 with 10 home runs, 71 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 115 games before his promotion to the Angels.

Flores began his 2018 season with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization, hitting three home runs with 17 RBI over 56 games. He has played exclusively at the Triple-A or Major League level stateside in each of his last four seasons.

The 2018 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues on Friday, July 6th when the Patriots return to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm. For tickets, visit www.somersetpatriots.com

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