Minor league right-handers Jairo Capellán and Raul Hernandez and outfielder Emilio Garcia were involved in a serious car accident in the Dominican Republic, the Reds revealed in a statement made Saturday. Capellán died shortly after the incident, while Hernandez remains in critical condition at a local hospital and Garcia is currently listed in stable condition. Per the Reds’ announcement, all three players were just 19 years old.
Capellán signed with the Reds in the summer of 2017 and had recently completed his first pro ball campaign with the club in 2018. Over a full season in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League, he made 18 appearances and delivered a 6.25 ERA, 7.4 BB/9, and 11.1 SO/9 over 31 2/3 innings.
“Jairo was a talented young pitcher with a bright future who was taken from us much too soon,” Reds Latin America field coordinator Joe Noboa said following news of the accident. “He will be missed by everyone who knew him — his teammates, coaches and our Dominican Academy staff.”
No further information has been released on the nature of the accident or the injuries sustained by Hernandez and Garcia. It reportedly took place near Boca Chica, per MiLB.com’s Daren Smith.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the families of the players during this tragedy.