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Royals starter Yordano Ventura dies in car accident

The Kansas City pitcher was 25.

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Yordano Ventura, who helped the Royals reach a pair of World Series, passed away Saturday night following a car accident in the Dominican Republic, the Royals announced Sunday. He was 25.

“Our prayers right now are with Yordano’s family as we mourn this young man’s passing,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He was so young and so talented, full of youthful exuberance and always brought a smile to everyone he interacted with. We will get through this as an organization, but right now is a time to mourn and celebrate the life of Yordano.”

Ventura, 25, spent each of his four major league seasons with the Royals after signing with the club as a non-drafted free agent in 2008. He posted a 4.45 ERA and 4.59 FIP over 186.0 innings with the Royals last season and made nine starts in the playoffs before he turned 25.

Ventura won 38 games in his career and was slated to again be a part of Kansas City’s rotation entering 2017.