O's Gonzalez dies following car accident

Right-handed pitching prospect, 21, had spent three seasons in DSL

Miguel Gonzalez signed with the Orioles in 2014. (Tom Olmscheid/AP)

By Sam Dykstra / MiLB.com | September 18, 2017 3:45 PM ET

Orioles pitcher Miguel Gonzalez died Monday from injuries sustained in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, the Baltimore club announced.

"Our organization is deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Miguel Gonzalez," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations 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 -- not to be confused with the six-year Major League veteran of the same name -- was signed by the Orioles in 2014 and spent his three Minor League seasons with the organization's affiliate in the Dominican Summer League. The 21-year-old right-hander posted a 6.56 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 20 walks over 23 1/3 innings during the 2017 DSL season -- his first working exclusively as a reliever.

The O's also announced that they would be holding a moment of silence in memory of the deceased hurler during their Major League game against the Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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