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FLORES RETURNS TO SIOUX CITY FOR 2018 CAMPAIGN

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SIOUX CITY, IA – The Sioux City Explorers announced today that the club has re-signed RHP Ryan Flores to a 2018 American Association contract. The 2018 season will mark Flores’ 2nd season in professional baseball, both in Sioux City. The Explorers have also signed RHP Marcus Jensen to a 2018 American Association contract. The upcoming season will be Jensen’s 8th season in professional baseball.

Flores began his professional career last season and turned in an impressive rookie campaign for the Explorers. Flores led the club in games pitched with 44 appearances out of the X’s bullpen, which was also tied for 5th most in the American Association. The hard throwing righty also led the Explorers pitching staff in strikeouts, accumulating 93 in just 78 innings pitched on the season. Flores finished the 2017 season with a 4-5 record to go along with 2 saves, owning a 4.27 ERA.

Prior to joining the Explorers, Flores pitched collegiately at Richland College in Dallas, TX. In 2016, Flores also played for the Savannah Bananas in the Coastal Plain League (collegiate summer baseball league) where he impressed going 4-0 with 3 saves and a 2.21 ERA. In 36.2 innings pitched, Flores allowed only 29 hits while striking out 42 batters. Flores also played in the fall of 2016 in the new Desert League for the Yuma Hammers where the righty held a 2.69 ERA in 20 innings pitched, accumulating 16 strikeouts.

Jensen was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 30th round of the 2009 MLB Draft from Pinnacle High School in Phoenix, AZ. Jensen would make his professional debut as a 17 year old in 2009 pitching in the Gulf Coast League for the Rays. In 2012, Jensen was promoted to the Single-A Hudson Valley Renegades where the righty went 6-1, earning 6 saves, while owning a 3.58 ERA. For his efforts, Jensen was named a 2012 New York-Pennsylvania League Mid-Season All-Star. Jensen last played for the Rockland Boulders in the Can-Am League where he went 8-2 with a 4.04 ERA. Jensen’s father, Marcus, played 7 seasons in the big leagues as a catcher for the Giants, Brewers, Twins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Rangers, and Tigers from 1996-2002 and is currently the bullpen coach for the Oakland Athletics.

With the signing of Flores and Jensen, the X’s now have 5 players (all pitchers) signed to 2018 contracts.

The Explorers 2018 home opener is set for Friday, May 25th versus the Cleburne Railroaders.  Get in the game with the Sioux City Explorers and reserve your 2018 season ticket packages, flex ticket packages or company group outing by calling 712-277-WINS (9467).