Jose Grasso of FinanzasDigital.com is reporting that Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. The Mariners have confirmed the report, via MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
Sanchez was hit by a boat off of a beach in Carupano, Venezuela in February and was placed in intensive care due to a fractured skull and a hematoma, which caused a stroke. Sanchez then went into a coma.
Sanchez had spent three years in the Mariners’ minor league system, reaching Double-A for the first time at 19 years old last year. He compiled a 4.19 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 34 walks in 124 2/3 innings with the Jackson Generals.
We at HardballTalk send our condolences to Sanchez’s family and friends, as well as the Mariners organization.
Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.
Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.
The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.