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.
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“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.