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Yankees Prospect Ramon Flores Hits For Cycle

On Thursday, Minor League baseball had their Opening Day and New York Yankees prospect Ramon Flores came out in grand fashion as he hit for the cycle.

Flores, who plays for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Triple-A affiliate of the Yankees, was signed by the club in 2009 at 17-years old.  He has been with the organization his entire minor league career and has slowly moved up the ranks. Last season in Triple-A he batted .247, 17 doubles, four triples, seven home runs and 23 RBI’s in 271 at bats. He was out last season in June and July with an ankle injury that cost him at bats. But with just one game this season, he has shown that he has come ready to play.

In the first inning, he started the year on a high note as he launched his first home run of the season in his first at bat to tie the game at 1-1. After the Syracuse Chiefs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the first, Flores came up with two outs and two men on in the bottom of the second, and the Venezuelan native singled  to the left side of the infield scoring Cole Figueroa to tie the game again this time at 2-2.

Leading off the bottom of the fifth, Flores hit a triple to center field to bring him just a double away from the cycle. In his next at bat in the bottom of the seventh he walked, but with the RailRiders would score three times in the inning and batted around the lineup, which allowed Flores came up in the bottom of the eighth and he delivered an RBI double to right field to complete the cycle.

The 23-year old prospect would score the third run of the inning on a single by Tyler Austin and the RailRiders came away with an 8-3 victory over the Chiefs.

Great night by Ramon Flores to start off the season in what looks to be an exciting and year for Scranton.

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