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Former Houston Astros prospect Ronny Garcia dead at 24

Garcia and his father died in a traffic accident in the Dominican Republic.
Ronny Garcia
Ronny Garcia, then of the Asheville Tourists, at McCormick Field in Asheville, N.C., in May.Tony Farlow / Four Seam Images via AP file

Ronny Garcia, a former Houston Astros prospect, died in a traffic accident.

He was 24.

The Astros confirmed his death Saturday on social media.

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of former Astros prospect, Ronny Garcia," the team said on X alongside a photo of Garcia. "Our condolences go out to his family and friends."

Ronny Garcia
Ronny Garcia delivers a pitch during a game against the Greenville Drive at McCormick Field in Asheville, N.C., in May.Tony Farlow / Four Seam Images via AP file

Garcia died in a traffic accident, according to Héctor Gómez, a Dominican Republic-based reporter who covers Major League Baseball.

According to Gómez, Garcia's father also died in the crash.

Yahoo Sports reported the accident involved two motorcycles on the Las Galeras-Samaná highway in Samaná, Dominican Republic.

Garcia joined the Astros' organization in 2016 as a 16-year-old international signing, Yahoo Sports reported. He pitched in their system in the Florida Complex League and Class A.

He played for a number of minor league teams, including the Fayetteville Woodpeckers and the Asheville Tourists in North Carolina, for whom he played as recently as last year.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Ronny Garcia. Ronny spent parts of three seasons with Fayetteville, always carrying a smile around the ballpark," the Woodpeckers wrote on X.

"He was a talented pitcher and a beloved teammate. Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time."