SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, a 22-year-old slugger who was regarded as one of a majors’ tip prospects, died Sunday in a automobile collision in his local Dominican Republic.
Taveras was pushing a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro during a time of a pile-up on a highway between a beaches of Sosua and Cabarete in Puerto Plata, about 215 miles north of a collateral of Santo Domingo, pronounced Col. Diego Pesqueira of a Metropolitan Transportation Agency.
‘‘He wasn’t carrying papers during a time of a accident, though his physique was identified by family members,’’ Pesqueira said.
National military orator Jacobo Mateo Moquete pronounced he was told by a mayor of Sosua that Taveras mislaid control of his automobile and went off a road. Edilia Arvelo, 18, who was in a automobile with Taveras, also died in a accident, pronounced Pesqueira.
Taveras done his vital joining entrance this year. He strike .239 with 3 homers and 22 RBIs in 80 games for a NL Central champions.
‘‘I simply can’t trust it,’’ Cardinals ubiquitous manager John Mozeliak pronounced in a release. ‘‘I initial met Oscar when he was 16 years aged and will perpetually remember him as a smashing immature male who was a means contestant with an spreading adore for life who lived each day to a fullest.’’
Cardinals authority Bill DeWitt Jr. pronounced a classification was ‘‘stunned and deeply saddened’’ by Taveras’ death.
‘‘Oscar was an extraordinary talent with a splendid destiny who was taken from us good before his time,’’ DeWitt said. ‘‘Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.’’
Taveras was a teen when he sealed with St. Louis as an general giveaway representative in 2008. Before this season, Taveras was ranked as a No. 3 altogether awaiting by MLB.com and Baseball America, and had a.321 normal over 6 teenager joining seasons.
He homered opposite a Giants’ Yusmeiro Petit in his vital joining entrance on May 31. He also had a large solo expostulate in a seventh inning of Game 2 in a NL Championship Series opposite San Francisco.
‘‘All of us via Major League Baseball are in anguish this evening,’’ ball Commissioner Bud Selig pronounced in a release.
‘‘Oscar, a immature member of a ball family, was full of guarantee and during a emergence of a smashing career in a game, clear in his game-tying home run opposite a Giants accurately dual weeks ago.’’
It looked as if Taveras was headed to a majors in 2013, though he had medicine for a high right ankle twist final Aug for an damage that did not respond to treatment. He afterwards got off to a good start during Triple-A Memphis this season, earning a graduation by batting .325 with 7 homers in 49 games.
‘‘Oscar had a unequivocally earnest future, on and off a field, and this news is distressing on many levels,’’ Tony Clark, a personality of a players’ association, pronounced in a statement. ‘‘It’s never easy to remove a member of a fraternity, and to remove one so immature is harmful news.’’
Giants outfielder Juan Perez listened about Taveras’ genocide during Game 5 of a World Series. He strike a large two-run double in a eighth inning of San Francisco’s 5-0 feat and dedicated a strike to his depressed countryman.
‘‘He’s a unequivocally tighten crony of mine,’’ Perez said. ‘‘I know his family flattering good, we know his mom, his dad, his brothers, we were unequivocally close. It’s a outrageous detriment for all his family, his teammates and a people that caring about him.’’
Several of Taveras’ Cardinals teammates took to Twitter to demonstrate their condolences.
‘‘Last 30 mins I’ve been ill to my stomach. Keep meditative about Oscar’s large grin in a cave whenever we done a large play/got a large hit,’’ All-Star reliever Pat Neshek posted.
Rookie second baseman Kolten Wong tweeted: ‘‘RIP we will be missed buddy.’’
AP Sports Writers Antonio Gonzalez in San Francisco and R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis contributed to this report.