Oscar Taveras, outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, was killed in a car accident over the weekend while he was visiting the Dominican Republic.
Taveras was only 22-years-old and was considered to be one of the Major League Baseball’s top prospects. Sadly, his dreams of playing in the majors will never happen.
According to People, Taveras was driving a “2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway between the beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata” at the time of the crash. Col. Diego Pesqueira of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency said that the crash occurred approximately 215 miles from the capital of Santo Domingo.
Although he wasn’t carrying any identifying documents on his person at the time of the crash, family members were able to identify his body. 18-year-old Edilia Arvelo, Taveras’ girlfriend, was in the car with him and was also killed.
“I simply can’t believe it,” John Mozeliak, the Cardinals general manager, said in a statement. “I first met Oscar when he was 16 years old and will forever remember him as a wonderful young man who was a gifted athlete with an infectious love for life who lived every day to the fullest.”
Absolute Tragedy.. My prayers go out to Oscar Taveras family.
— Matt Carpenter (@MattCarp13) October 27, 2014
“Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time,” Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”
— MLB (@MLB) October 27, 2014
After making his major league debut on May 21, Taveras batted .239 with a .278 on-base percentage and a .312 slugging percentage.