Fausto Segura, a pitching prospect in the Washington Nationals organization, died Sunday in a motorcycle accident. He was 23.
The team announced Segura’s death on Monday. The Dominican native was hit by a van near Maria Montez airport in Barahona, according to ESPN Deportes.
“He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization,” the Nationals said in a statement. “We extend our deepest sympathies to Fausto’s family, friends and loved ones in their time of grief.”
Segura spent the 2019 season with the Auburn Doubledays in the New York-Penn League, a short-season Low-A league. He was selected as a NYPL All-Star as he had a 3.21 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 17 appearances.
“He was starting to take off, which was good to see,” Johnny DiPuglia, the Nationals’ assistant general manager of international operations, told MASN. “We were excited about him. But the thing we were most excited about him was how his maturation had improved. So that’s the sad thing. The kid was starting to figure some things out, and then this happens.”