Reports: Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 19:  Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals follows through during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Kauffman Stadium on May 19, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Reports: Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash

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Reports: Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash

Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday morning in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, the Kansas City Royals have confirmed.

Ventura, whose fastball topped out at 102 miles per hour, made his MLB debut in 2013 and won a spot in the starting rotation the next season. He perhaps shined most brightly in 2014, when at age 23 he threw seven scoreless innings in Game 6 of the World Series.

He pitched that night in dedication to his friend Oscar Taveras, who had recently died in a car accident in the Dominican.

Ventura is the second baseball player to lose his life in a car crash this weekend in the Dominican Republic, where driving is especially dangerous. Andy Marte also died this weekend in a separate incident, at age 33.

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