The Los Angeles Angels baseball team has confirmed the death of 27-year-old pitcher, Tyler Skaggs.
The announcement was made on the team’s Twitter page and came hours before they were scheduled to play against the Texas Rangers. Southlake Police said he was found unconscious in his Hilton hotel room in Texas on Monday afternoon but police say no foul play is suspected.
Major League Baseball (MLB) subsequently cancelled Monday night’s game. Skaggs debuted in the MLB at age 20 as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The starting pitcher was drafted directly out of high school by the Angels in the team’s first round of selections in 2009.
He had last pitched for the team on Saturday, according to the MLB. So far this season he has started 15 games, most recently on 29 June against the Oakland Athletics.