NEW YORK, New Kork – MLB says Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The tragic news was confirmed by his agency, ISE Baseball, and was first reported by ESPN. Ventura was 25 years old.
The league says Ventura burst onto the baseball scene in 2014 with the Royals, going 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA and finishing sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year Award voting. An important part of the Royals’ rotation over the past few seasons, he went 13-8 in Kansas City’s World Series championship campaign in ’15.
Ventura, who went 11-12 with a 4.45 ERA in 2016, signed with the Royals as an amateur free agent in ’08.
In a separate incident, former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who played parts of seven seasons with the Indians, Braves and D-backs, died in a car crash. He was 33.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.