Nats pitching prospect Fausto Segura dies at 23 in motorcycle accident

Chris Lingebach
January 14, 2020 - 1:58 pm
Nationals pitching prospect Fausto Segura dead at 23

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Tragedy has befallen the Nationals farm system with the death of 23-year-old pitching prospect Fausto Segura on Sunday.

"The Washington Nationals are extremely saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Fausto Segura, a 23-year-old pitcher who spent the 2019 season with our short-season affiliate Auburn Doubledays," the Nationals said in a statement. "He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization."

"We extend our deepest sympathies to Fausto's family, friends and loved ones in their time of grief."

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN, Segura died Sunday night after being hit by a van while riding a scooter near his home in the southern part of the Dominican Republic.

"It's a tragedy for us, the organization of the Nationals, and for the Segura family," Nationals Director of Latin America Scouting, Fausto Severino, told ESPN. "You are never prepared to see someone so young die."

Signed by the Nationals in 2017, Segura went 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA and 33 strikeouts across 28 innings for the short-season Auburn Doubledays in 2019. He was also named to the New York-Penn League All-Star team.