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Mariner’s Prospect Sadly Passes Away

Not even being a 6 foot, 255 pound 20 year old athlete can keep you from the inevitable. We all must die, for some it happens way to soon as is the case with Seattle Mariner prospect Victor Sanchez.

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.

But Sanchez was a special man. There have been 287 no-hitters thrown in major league baseball history.  Vida Blue of Oakland was the youngest in the modern era. He was 21 years, 1 month when he no-hit the Twins in 1970. Sanchez pitched a no-hitter at only 18 for the Clinton Lumberkings.  A truly remarkable accomplishment that suggests poise and precision well beyond his years as he did it in Class A in only his 27th professional start.

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 MLB.com, a position he cemented by posting a 4.19 ERA in 23 starts for Double-A Jackson.

Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik released the following statement.

“The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez. 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.”

Everyone here at cleatgeeks.com want to send our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of Victor Sanchez.

Parts of this article were originally written by Mark Townsend.

 

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