USC Alum Bernardo Flores Jr. Makes MLB Debut With White Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – USC baseball alumnus Bernardo Flores Jr. made his MLB debut for the Chicago White Sox last night, becoming the 116th Trojan to play in the Major Leagues.
Flores entered in relief for the White Sox in the eighth inning, tossing one frame in an 11-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals. The southpaw was drafted by Chicago in 2016 and added to the club's 40-man roster last year, before receiving his first call-up last month and then making his MLB debut on Thursday.
Flores progressed steadily through the White Sox system, reaching Hi-A in 2017 and AA the following season. In four minor league seasons, Flores owns a 3.18 ERA, with 342 strikeouts and 92 walks.
During his collegiate career, Flores tossed 91.1 innings in three seasons, serving mainly as a reliever, but also making eight starts for the Trojans. He had his best season in 2015, tossing a career high 44.2 innings while posting a 3-1 record, one save and a 3.83 ERA. For his career, Flores struck out 85 batters and walked 35.
He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 draft by the White Sox as one of 12 Trojans selected that year. He joins fellow 2016 draftee Brooks Kriske as the second USC alum to make their MLB debut this season after Kriske broke through with the Yankees in July.
Flores is the first USC alum to pitch for the White Sox since the late Tom Seaver, who passed away earlier this week.
USC has produced 116 major leaguers over the years — more than any other NCAA program in the nation. Trojan alums boast 67 All-Star appearances, 29 World Series appearances, nine Cy Young awards, three Hall of Fame inductions, three Rookie of the Year Awards, one American League MVP and one World Series MVP.
Welcome to the Show, Bernardo! pic.twitter.com/1i0vXT2ZOx
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 4, 2020
— SoxNerd (@SoxNerd) September 4, 2020
I thought about this afterward last night and going into this it had special feeling about it. For me it is tremendous honor and privilege to be the first @USC_Baseball Since the great late Tom Seaver To pitch for the @whitesox. #RIP41 https://t.co/vQDeO4AqkX
— Bernardo Flores (@flo_rider95) September 4, 2020