Former Phillies pitcher Tyson Brummett died Friday morning in a plane crash in Utah.
Brummett, 35, was piloting the small plane when it crashed in the Wasatch Mountains outside Salt Lake City, according to the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.
All four passengers died in the crash — Brummett, his 35-year-old friend Alex Ruegner, and Ruegner’s uncle and aunt, Douglas (62) and Elaine Blackhurst (60).
Brummett had a cup of coffee for the 2012 Phillies, making one appearance in Game 162. He was in the Phillies’ system from 2007-12, pitching 110 total innings at Triple A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies drafted Brummett in the seventh round in 2007. He was one of seven players drafted and signed by the Phillies that year to eventually make the majors, the others being Travis d’Arnaud, Jake Diekman, Justin De Fratus, Joe Savery, Michael Taylor and Brian Schlitter.
Tragically, Brummett is the third former Phillies pitcher since 2006 to die piloting a plane. Roy Halladay crashed into the Gulf of Mexico in November 2017, and Cory Lidle flew into an apartment complex on New York’s Upper East Side in October 2006.
Members of the UCLA baseball family reacted to the loss of Brummett, a former Bruin.
I just want you guys to know. Tyson was an incredible baseball player. An unbelievable teammate. And an even better person. I am proud to have even known him, let alone call him a friend. He was special.@UCLABaseball @bdeano4 #BruinFamily https://t.co/imo6RdR46w— Cody Decker (@Decker6) July 4, 2020
.@UCLABaseball HCJohn Savage on Tyson Brummett:— Kendall Rogers (@KendallRogers) July 4, 2020
“Tyson was about team and being a Bruin. He loved competing in a Bruin uniform, and was always about the right things. Our players and coaches will miss him very much. He was the definition of a winning pitcher. We love you Tyson.”
Our baseball family is saddened by the tragic news of Tyson Brummett's passing.— Lehigh Valley IronPigs (@IronPigs) July 4, 2020
We send our deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/bPoW58IoNI