Astros minor leaguer Jose Rosario dies in motorcycle accident

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Terrible news coming out of the Dominican Republic, as the Astros announced Monday that minor league right-hander Jose Rosario died Sunday night in a motorcycle accident. He was just 20 years old.

Rosario was signed by the Astros in December of 2013. He split last season between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League, posting a 4.40 ERA and 51/22 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings.

Below is a statement from the Astros international director Oz Ocampo:

“Jose was a beloved member of the Astros Latin American program. He will be remembered as a long, lanky-framed pitcher with tremendous ability, an outgoing personality and an ever-positive disposition. He was a true student of the game and was constantly looking to learn and improve his abilities. He was also a supportive teammate, as he made it a point to encourage his fellow Astros and deliver that message with a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rosario family.”

Our condolences to Rosario’s friends and family and the Astros organization.