Cardinals' outfielder Oscar Taveras has died in a car accident at the age of 22, as confirmed by Dionisio Soldevilla of ESPNDeportes. Taveras' girlfriend, 18-year old Edilia Arvelo, also passed away in the crash, according to multiple reports.
Cardinals' general manager John Mozeliak was informed of the news by Taveras' agent, and issued a short statement through MLB.com's Jen Langosch.
From Mozeliak: "Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement."— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) October 27, 2014
Taveras, who made his major league debut at the end of May, was widely regarded as a top-ten prospect in all of baseball and spent the bulk of his season with the Cardinals' major league club. Just two weeks ago tonight, Taveras hit a game-tying, pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning in Game 2 of the NLCS to help his team even the series against the Giants.
We at MLB Daily Dish and SB Nation extend our condolences to Taveras' family and friends on this incredibly sad day for baseball.