Orioles prospect killed in motorcycle accident


Baltimore Orioles minor league infielder Ramon Ramirez was killed on Saturday in the Dominican Republic when his motorcycle was struck by a vehicle, team officials have confirmed.

The 23-year-old was leaving a softball game when the accident occurred. 

"We're still piecing the details together," Orioles' director of player development Brian Graham told MASN. "It's a really, really sad situation. He was a really good kid. Everybody liked him and it's just a really sad situation."

Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette offered his condolences in a team statement on Sunday.

"Our entire organisation is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Ramon Ramirez," the statement read.

"As a member of the Orioles organisation, Ramon worked tirelessly to make the most of his opportunity to play professional baseball. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, team-mates and coaches as we mourn this unimaginable loss."

Baltimore signed Ramirez in July 2014 and he batted .286/.375/.357 with five doubles, two triples and 14 RBIs in 32 games with the Dominican Summer League team.

He appeared in 23 games last season, splitting time among three Orioles minor-league affiliates.