PEORIA, Ariz. — Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez has passed away from injuries suffered in a Feb. 13 accident in which he was struck in the head by a boat’s propeller while swimming.
Reports of Sanchez’s death surfaced early Saturday evening in Venezuela. The Mariners confirmed those reports in a statement issued around 8:30 p.m.
“The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “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.”
Several players, including All-Star pitcher Felix Hernandez, expressed condolences to the family through social media outlets.
Sanchez, 20, suffered the injury while swimming off a beach at Carupano on the Venezuela’s north central coast. He was initially treated at Carupano before being transferred to facilities in Caracas.
Lavinotinto.com reported last month that he underwent a craniectomy to allow the draining of hemotomas. A craniectomy is a procedure in which a portion of the skull is removed and not immediately replaced.
Ongoing reports thereafter from Venezuela cited Sanchez’s condition as critical.
Sanchez, a Venezuelan native, signed with the Mariners as a 16-year-old in 2011 for a $2.5 million bonus. He was 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA last season at Double-A Jackson before making seven starts for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League.