Rays Add Organizational Depth in Erik Hamren, Jesus Flores | The Process Report

Rays Add Organizational Depth in Erik Hamren, Jesus Flores

The Rays have made two moves to bolster organizational depth over the past few days.

First they acquired right-handed pitcher Erik Hamren from the Braves for future considerations. Hamren reported to Montgomery, which makes this an unofficial response to Jim Paduch’s abrupt retirement. The soon-to-be 27-year-old does have big-league experience—he appeared in 14 games for the Padres in 2011—however it’s hard to see him climbing the ladder this season to the majors.

Then, on Tuesday night, the Rays signed Jesus Flores. Chris Gimenez is injured and Juan Apodaca is not a desirable third catcher, hence adding someone with big-league experience. Flores was once a well-thought of prospect, though durability and plate discipline issues curbed his production. His caught stealing rates haven’t been good since 2009 labrum surgery, and he likes to swing the bat and expand his zone too often to make use of his raw power. Flores is still somewhat young at 28 years old, so it’s easy to wonder if he could develop into something more, just remember that he was unemployed in June.



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