Yordano Ventura, a young pitcher for the Kansas City Royals who pumped fast balls to the plate exceeding triple digits, was killed in a car crash Saturday in the Dominican Republic. He was 25.
The Royals confirmed his death:
The photos of the crash are heartbreaking.
Yordano broke into the big leagues with the Royals in 2013 and was 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA. He was a key member of pitching staff that carried the Royals to World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015.
It’s the second young pitcher who has died under tragic circumstances in the last few month. Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident in late September.
Tragically, former major leaguer Andy Marte, at just 33, was killed in a separate crash on Saturday in the Dominican Republic.