Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez dead after car accident in Dominican Republic

Jon Meoli
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died Monday in the Dominican Republic from injuries suffered in a Saturday car accident, the team announced.

"Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez," executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a statement. "Miguel was beloved by his teammates and coaches in the Dominican Republic. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this very difficult time."

Gonzalez, 21, was signed as an international free agent in 2014 and spent the past three seasons in the Dominican Summer League, where he appeared in 38 games (13 starts) and had a 7.65 ERA.

He is not related to former Oriole starting pitcher Miguel González, who plays for the Texas Rangers.

This is the second time an Orioles minor leaguer has died in a vehicle-related accident in the Dominican Republic in the past two years. In January 2016, infielder Ramon Ramírez died of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident.

He, too, was a member of the 2014 international signing class, and had worked his way up to a utility role with High-A Frederick.

The team held a moment of silence for Gonzalez before Monday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

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