Nationals pitching prospect Fausto Segura has died, the team announced Monday.
Segura, a 23-year-old reliever out of the Dominican Republic, was riding a motorcycle in his hometown of Barahona when he was struck and killed by a van, according to ESPN Deportes.
“He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization,” the Nationals wrote in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Fausto’s family, friends and loved ones in their time of grief.”
The Nationals signed Segura in 2017 as an amateur free agent. He played most of last year at short-season Single-A Auburn, where he posted a 3.21 ERA with three saves in 17 appearances.
Segura previously pitched in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League before rising up the ranks to Auburn.
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