Royals pitcher ‘Yordano Ventura’ age 25 and ‘Andy Marte’ dies in car accident

MLB suffers tragedy as the Kansas City Royals pitcher ‘Yordano Ventura’ age 25 and ‘Andy Marte’ died in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic early Sunday morning.

The Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25 and the former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte, 33 both died on Sunday in seperate car accidents at their native country the Dominican Republic.

Andy Marte, 33 the infielder, who largely played first and third base, was considered one of the brightest young prospects in the game, according to JJ Cooper of Baseball America. From 2002 to 2005, Baseball America considered him a top-15 prospect three times. He peaked at No. 9, per Lara-Cinisomo.

Former Cleveland Indians third baseman Andy Marte.

Kansas City Royals also made a statement about Yordano Ventura death see below:

The Kansas City Royals regretfully announce the passing of Yordano Ventura, who perished in a car accident last night in the Dominican Republic. There are no details available at this time regarding the accident that claimed the life of the 25-year-old Ventura.

Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing,” said Dayton Moore, Royals’ Senior VP of Baseball Operations and General Manager.

“He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this an an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”

Ventura spent his entire professional career in the Royals’ organization after signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and debuted for the club on Sept. 17, 2013. He pitched in two World Series (2014, 2015) with Kansas City, helping the franchise win their second World Series championship in 2015.

He held a 38-31 career record in 94 games and 93 starts at the Major League level, while he also made nine postseason starts before the age of 25.

Ventura made his debut for the Royals in 2013 and was immediately known for his fastball. Yordano Ventura, whose fastball reached over 100 miles per hour, joined the Royals organization as an amateur free agent in 2008, and made his MLB debut in 2013. He was a native of Samaná, Dominican Republic.

Over his four-year career, Ventura had a 38-31 record with a 3.89 ERA and 470 strikeouts in 94 games. He won the 2015 World Series with the Royals.

Here is a picture of Ventura in 2014 paying tribute to his countryman and friend, the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who also died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic.

He could easily top 100 mph. He took on the nickname Ace Ventura and would go on to play a big part in Kansas City’s AL pennant winning team from 2014 and its World Series championship team in 2015. Ventura’s path was not always smooth, but his fastball was fierce and his talent undeniable, leading him to become Kansas City’s ace.

Ventura’s defining moment may have come during Game 6 of the 2014 World Series, when he paid tribute to his countryman and friend, the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who had died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura allowed three hits over seven shutout innings that night, helping Kansas City force a decisive Game 7.

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