A Venezuelan pitching prospect for the Mariners has died of a head injury, the team reported Saturday.
Victor Sanchez died from injuries received on Feb. 13 when he was hit in the head by a boat propeller while swimming off Carupano, Venezuela.
“The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez,” said Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager Jack Zduriencik. “Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a Major Leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates, and the coaches and staff at the Mariners.
“The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
Sanchez was signed by the Mariners in 2011.
Last year, he played for the Double-A Jackson Generals where he was 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA. In 23 starts he allowed 128 hits in 124.2 innings with 97 strike outs and 34 walks. In 2013, while pitching for the High Class-A Clinton Lumberkings, Sanchez pitched a no-hitter.