Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former top MLB prospect Andy Marte were killed in separate car crashes in the Dominican Republic Sunday morning.
Highway patrol spokesman Jacobo Mateo says Ventura died on a highway leading to the town of Juan Adrian, about 40 miles (70 kilometres) northwest of Santo Domingo. He says it’s not clear if Ventura was driving.
Metropolitan traffic authorities say Marte died when a car he was driving his a house along the highway between San Francisco de Macoris and Pimentel, about 95 miles (150 kilometres) north of the capital.)
The Royals confirmed the news of Ventura’s death on Twitter.
Official statement from the Kansas City Royals organization. pic.twitter.com/AgInmjHWAB— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2017
I love you Ace. I don't know what to say other then I'm going to miss you a lot. RIP ACE.— Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) January 22, 2017
ACE I love you my brother. I'm in disbelief and don't know what to say. I love you ACE 🙏🏽 @… https://t.co/ky3lw2eSoh— Eric Hosmer (@TheRealHos35) January 22, 2017
Ventura’s accident occurred in the town of Juan Adrian, police told ESPN.
The 25-year-old saw his first taste of major league action in 2013. A year later, he would finish sixth in voting for Rookie of the Year.
Over four major league seasons, Ventura posted a 38-31 record with 3,89 ERA.
Ventura was a good friend of Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car crash while driving drunk in October 2014, according to Sports Illustrated.