St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras died in a car accident Sunday (Oct. 26) in his native Dominican Republic.
The 22-year-old was regarded as the majors’ top prospects.
According to ESPN.com, Taveras was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro on a highway at the time of the crash. At some time, he lost control of the vehicle and went off the road.
His 18-year-old girlfriend was also killed in the crash.
Taveras signed with St. Louis as an international free agent in 2008 when he was just a teenager. Before this season, he was ranked as the #3 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball America, and had a .321 average over six minor league seasons.
He made his major league debut this year, hitting .239 with three homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for the NL Central champions.