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Pitcher Ronny Garcia, Drafted by the Houston Astros, Dies At 24 In Car Crash

Garcia began his career with the Astros in 2016.

Former Houston Astros pitching prospect Ronny Garcia, who has pitched professionally since 2016, died last week in a traffic accident alongside his father.

According to Fan Nation, the accident occurred along Las Galeras-Samaná highway in Samaná, Dominican Republic. According to KHOU 11, details on the fatal crash remain limited, but his biography on the Minor League Baseball website says his death occurred April 19.

The following morning, the Houston Astros said it was “deeply saddened” by his death on its X account.

Garcia got his professional start at age 16 when the Astros signed him as an international prospect for his pitching abilities. During his short-lived career, he progressed from the Dominican Summer League Affiliates to U.S. baseball.

While playing in the States, Garcia posted a 2.11 earned run average (ERA) in 2021. The following year, he only had one run in 18.1 innings. His other statistics included 14 saves in 122 total appearances, with 200 strikeouts in 186.2 innings. Overall, he allowed 170 hits, 71 earned runs, eight home runs and 100 walks.

In February, Garcia signed with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League. His former team, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, released a statement in light of the news.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ronny García,” wrote the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, a Carolina League team and the a Single-A affiliate of the Astros. “Ronny spent parts of three seasons with Fayetteville, always carrying a smile around the ballpark. He was a talented pitcher and a beloved teammate. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.”

Garcia was working toward a career in Major League Baseball before the crash.