Former Pitcher Ron Flores Earns Major League Call Up By Oakland
June 24, 2005
LOS ANGELES - Former USC reliever Ron Flores (Pico Rivera/El Rancho HS) made his major league debut on June 17 with the Oakland Athletics, becoming the 91st Trojan to play in the major leagues. Flores spent three seasons at USC (1999-2000), pitching for USC's 1998 national championship squad and 2000 team that also reached the College World Series. His brother and former Trojan, Randy, is currently pitching for the St. Louis Cardinals.
With Eric Munson's recent call up by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, the USC baseball program now has a total of 14 former players currently playing in the major leagues including: Aaron Boone (Cleveland), Bret Boone (Seattle), Jeff Cirillo (Milwaukee), Morgan Ensberg (Houston), Geoff Jenkins (Milwaukee), Randy Johnson (New York Yankees), Jacque Jones (Minnesota), Jason Lane (Houston), Chad Moeller (Milwaukee), Mark Prior (Chicago Cubs) and Barry Zito (Oakland).
Flores made 59 career appearances at USC, going 6-2 with a 3.51 ERA and five saves. His best season came in 2000, where he made a career-high 37 appearances with a 6-2 record, 3.36 ERA and five saves. He pitched 85 2/3 innings, allowing 80 hits with 17 walks while striking out 70 batters.
In his debut, Flores struck out Philadelphia slugger Jim Thome in the first batter he faced.