Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura and former major league infielder Andy Marte were killed in separate car accidents in the Dominican Republic this weekend, according to multiple media reports.
Ventura, 25, was the loser in the Mets' lone victory in the 2015 World Series, giving up five runs and seven hits (including home runs to David Wright and Curtis Granderson) in 3 1/3 innings of the Mets' 9-3 win in Game 3 at Citi Field. In five postseason games in 2015 he had a 6.43 ERA and did not earn a win.
Ventura, whose accident occured early Sunday, was twice named to the All-Star Futures Game. Ventura made his MLB debut on September 17, 2013 and was 38-31 with a 3.89 ERA as a starter.
Marte was a highly-rated prospect who ended up playing only 308 major league games with the Braves, Indians, Red Sox and Diamondbacks. He was a career .218/.276/.358 hitter. Marte, who made three appearances on Baseball America's top 100 prospects, reaching as high as ninth in 2005, spent much of his career in Triple A.
He played the past two years in South Korea for the KT Wiz, hitting .312/.390/.547 with 42 home runs in 206 games.
In October 2014, Oscar Tavares, a prospect in the St. Louis Cardinals system, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic. Tavares, 22, and his girlfriend were killed when their car skidded off the road and crashed into a tree. The next year, Ventura pitched with Tavares' initials and number on his hat.