The Kansas City Royals' star pitcher reportedly died in a car crash today.
Yordano Ventura, a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, reportedly died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic today.
Cristian Moreno, a bilingual sports journalist for ESPN, confirmed the news on Twitter.
He says the Dominican police force confirmed the accident and tragic death.
Ventura has been with the Kansas City Royals since 2013, helping the franchise win the World Series in 2015 over the New York Mets. He was 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA as a starter.
A Dominican Republic national police colonel, Jacobo Mateo Moquete, also has pictures of the apparent accident on his Twitter feed, confirming the news.
He says the accident occurred in Juan Adrian, a town in the Monseñor Nouel province of the Dominican Republic.
Here's his tweet, translated from Spanish.
"Regrettable! : Baseball player YORDANO VENTURA is the person who died in crash in Juan Adrian in the early hours of today."
The Ventura news comes a couple of hours after it was reported that former MLB player Andy Marte also died in a separate car crash. He was 33.
The MLB world also lost Miami Marlins' star pitcher Jose Fernandez to a boating accident in South Florida earlier in 2016.
The Marte and Ventura news comes roughly three years after Oscar Tavares, a talented prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals system, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic in October 2014. Tavares was just 22 at the time of his accident, which also took the life of his girlfriend when their car skidded off the road and crashed into a tree.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Ventura and Marte. The baseball world is mourning today.