Venezuelan baseball player Derian Gonzalez died this Thursday after suffering a traffic accident while driving a motorcycle on the highway that connects the western states of Zulia and Merida, the former bordering Colombia, local media reported.
According to reports, González lost control of a low-displacement motorcycle when one of the tires exploded, causing the accident.
Gonzalez’s team in Venezuela, the Cardinals of Lara, confirmed the death of the player, although without specifying the cause.
“Cardenales de Lara regrets the death of our teammate Derian González,” said the twilight ninth on his Instagram account, while highlighting the “promising talent and desire to win” of the unfortunate.
González was 25 years old and a right-hander who had been on several minor league teams in American baseball since 2013, according to data from the official Major League Baseball website.
In his career in the minors, the right-hander completed 69 starts with 20 wins and 19 setbacks, leaving a 3.51 ERA.
Last November, González had declared himself a free agent after a long stint on the farms of the San Luis Cardinals.
According to the Venezuelan media, the pitcher had agreed to a new contract with the Atlanta Braves, although details were not disclosed. EFE