The Houston Astros released news today that no team ever wants to do. Sunday night, right-handed pitcher Jose Rosario, 20, passed away last night following a motorcyle accident in the Dominican Republic.
Rosario signed with the Astros as an 18-year-old minor league free agent in December 2013. He pitched the last two season in the Astros minor league system, splitting his 2015 season between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.
Jeff Luhnow said of Rosario:
"It is with a heavy heart that we inform the Astros community of the passing of minor league pitcher Jose Rosario, who died last night in his native Dominican Republic. Our thoughts go out to Jose's family, friends and many teammates."
Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo added:
"Jose was a beloved member of the Astros Latin American program. He will be remembered as a long, lanky-framed pitcher with tremendous ability, an outgoing personality and an ever-positive disposition. He was a true student of the game and was constantly looking to learn and improve his abilities. He was also a supportive teammate, as he made it a point to encourage his fellow Astros and deliver that message with a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rosario family."
And putting a face to his name, here is an instagram post from the Astros:
I speak for everyone at TCB, that our heart goes out to Rosario's family and friends.