SANTIAGO FLOREZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: May 9, 2000
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 222
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2016, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Colombia
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
Florez received a bonus that was near the top of the limited range that the Pirates normally pay to pitchers on the international front. His size and the fact that he was reportedly already throwing 92 mph at age 16 were undoubtedly enticing.  By August 2018, he was reaching 96, and he was throwing 95-97 in 2019.  He throws a change and slider that are still developing.

2017
DSL: 2-5-0, 4.56 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 53.1 IP, 6.4 BB/9, 5.1 K/9

Florez stayed in the rotation throughout the DSL season. Especially considering that he was only a little over 17, that shows the Pirates considered him one of the team’s best pitching prospects. He got reasonable results, although his walk and K rates were bad.

2018
R:  5-2-0, 4.15 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 43.1 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 7.3 K/9

Florez made ten starts in the GCL.  His performance was uneven, with some very good games and some weaker ones.  Mediocre control was one consistent pattern.  Opponents weren’t able to drive the ball much against him, slugging only .280.

2019
R+:  2-2-0, 3.46 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 41.2 IP, 4.5 BB/9, 7.8 K/9

Florez spent the season in the Bristol rotation.  He put up similar numbers to the previous season, but made progress with his pitches.

2020
DNP

2021
A:  5-2-1, 1.37 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 52.2 IP, 2.4 BB/9, 12.1 K/9
A+:  3-3-0, 7.53 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, 43.0 IP, 4.4 BB/9, 7.5 K/9

Florez split his season evenly between Bradenton and Greensboro, making nine starts at each stop.  The similarity, though, ended there.  He dominated at Bradenton, with opponents batting only .165.  After the promotion, opponents hit almost exactly twice that, at .329.  One possible explanation is that he was throwing a great many breaking balls at Bradenton.  The pitch was very effective at that level, but evidently didn’t work as well at the higher level.  He also wasn’t throwing quite as hard as he had in 2019.  For the season, Florez had a huge reverse platoon split.

Florez is better than he showed at Greensboro in 2021.  He’ll probably return there in 2022.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft, but the odds of him being selected don’t look very high now.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2022: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $150,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2022
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
July 2, 2016: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.
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