Luis Valbuena in addition to also also Jose Castillo Are Killed in Car Crash
The former major league players Luis Valbuena in addition to also also Jose Castillo died on Thursday in a car crash in Venezuela, where they were playing for a winter league team.
Their Venezuelan club, Cardenales de Lara, confirmed the deaths of Valbuena, 33, in addition to also also Castillo, 37. Both played for the team on Thursday before the crash.
According to news media accounts through Venezuela, the crash occurred in Yaracuy. Reports indicated the auto they were in hit a rock before going off the road. Carlos Rivero, a teammate of Valbuena in addition to also also Castillo who was also inside the auto, survived.
All three players were born in Venezuela.
Valbuena was inside the major leagues as recently as August, when he was released by the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .199 which has a .253 on-base percentage, a .335 slugging percentage, nine homers in addition to also also 33 R.B.I. in 96 games for Los Angeles This kind of year.
Primarily a third baseman, Valbuena hit a career-high 25 homers for the Houston Astros in 2015. In an 11-year major league career, he batted .226 which has a .310 on-base percentage, a .394 slugging percentage, 114 home runs in addition to also also 367 R.B.I.
Valbuena broke into the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2008. He subsequently played for the Cleveland Indians (2009-11), the Chicago Cubs (2012-14), the Astros (2015-16) in addition to also also the Angels (2017-18).
Castillo played several years inside the majors, for the Pittsburgh Pirates (2004-07), the San Francisco Giants (2008) in addition to also also the Astros (2008). In 592 career games, he hit .254 which has a .296 on-base percentage, a .379 slugging percentage, 39 homers in addition to also also 218 R.B.I.
He played mostly second base in addition to also also third base.
Rivero, 30, had a brief major league stint with the Boston Red Sox in 2014. He was inside the minor leagues inside the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class AAA Reno affiliate. He played This kind of year for Tijuana inside the Mexican League.