Rays’ prospect’s wife, child killed in triple homicide

Tampa Bay Rays

Awful, awful news: the wife and infant child of Rays’ pitching prospect Blake Bivens were killed in a triple homicide in Virginia yesterday. His wife’s mother was also killed. The 18-year-old brother of his wife was arrested following a brief manhunt and has been charged with all three killings.

Bivens, a pitcher with the Rays’ Double-A affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, was with his team, which was poised to play the Chattanooga Lookouts in a doubleheader, which was subsequently canceled in light of the news. The Rays issued a statement:

“Our hearts are broken for Blake. We are grieving with him and will support him any way we can. We ask that everyone respect the privacy of the Bivens family and the Biscuits family during this extremely difficult time.”

The Biscuits’ team CEO also issued a statement:

“Earlier today, we learned that one of our players, Blake Bivens, suffered unimaginable loss. First and foremost, the Biscuits’ thoughts and prayers are with Blake and all those who have been impacted by this tragedy.”

Bivens, 24, was a fourth round pick of the Rays in the 2014 draft.