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  • Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez dies from injuries in boating accident

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew2 hrs ago

    Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died on Saturday, six weeks after sustaining serious head injuries in a boating accident in his home country of Venezuela. He was only 20. 

    According to the initial reports, Sanchez was swimming off the beach in Carapao, Venezuela on Feb. 13 when he was struck in the head by a boat propeller. Sanchez sustained a double skull fracture and a hematoma upon impact and later suffered a stroke as a result of his injuries. After undergoing emergency surgery, Sanchez went into a coma and was never able to regain consciousness. 

    According to Greg Johns of, Sanchez's agent, Rafa Nieves, confirmed the news on Saturday night. 

    A short time later, Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik released the following statement.

    At 6-foot and 255 pounds, Sanchez was just starting to work his way into the Mariners long term plans. He finished the 2014 season ranked as their 11th best prospect according to, a position he cemented by posting a 4.19 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A Jackson.

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