Former Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Yorman Landa died Saturday morning in a car accident involving a tree in his native Venezuela. The Minnesota Twins pitching prospect was 22 years old.
According to the StarTribune, Landa was one of four passengers in a car being driven by his father when the accident occurred. They were “on a dark, winding road during a storm. A tree had fallen across the road, and the car struck it.”
Landa was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The other passengers were not seriously injured.
You can read the entire StarTribune story about Landa and the accident here.
Landa pitched for the Kernels in 2014 and 2015, cumulatively going 5-2 with a 2.25 ERA, 61 strikeouts and 27 walks in 28 relief appearances totaling 52 innings. He pitched for the High-A Fort Myers Miracle in 2016, going 2-2 with a 3.24 ERA, seven saves, 39 strikeouts and 22 walks in 41.2 innings (31 games).