Oscar Taveras, one of the most promising young players in Major League Baseball, was killed today in a car accident in his native Puerto Rico.
He was 22 years old.
Taveras’ girlfriend also died in the accident, according to police in Puerto Plata.
Taveras debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals this season and batted .239 in 80 games. He was scheduled to compete for a lot more playing time next year.
The rising star was heading from Jameo to his hometown of Sosua, though few other details regarding the crash have been released.
“We’re still investigating at the scene. We’ve had some heavy rainfall here lately. It might have contributed to the accident,” said Lieutenant Junior Lopez Reyes of the Puerto Plata police.
Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak released a brief statement in which he expressed grief and shock, writing:
“Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement.”
Taveras started the 2014 season as number-three on MLB.com’s list of top 100 prospects. He hit a home run in his major league debut against the San Francisco Giants and hit a game-tying round-tripper against the Giants in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series this month.
We send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones.