Former Clinton LumberKings pitcher Victor Sanchez died Saturday night from head injuries suffered in a boating accident last month.
According to reports, Sanchez suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma after being struck by the propeller of a motorboat while swimming at a beach in his native Venezuela. He underwent surgery to repair his fractured skull and had been in an induced coma since Feb. 17.
“The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez,” Mariners executive vice president and general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. “Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major-leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners.
“The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.”
Sanchez pitched for the LumberKings in 2013, going 6-6 with a 2.78 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 113.1 IP. He pitched a no-hitter against the Lansing Lugnuts, striking out eight batters and walking none, on July 17, 2013.
He spent the 2014 season pitching in Double-A, going 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 124.2 IP for the Jackson Generals of the Southern League.