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St. Louis Cardinals prospect Oscar Taveras dead at 22 years old after car accident in Dominican Republic

Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals’ prized prospect who homered in Game 2 of the NLCS, was killed in a car accident in his native Dominican Republic on Sunday.

The death was reported by ESPNDeportes.

“Obviously, we have deep condolences to his family. We are still waiting for more details before issuing a full statement,” said Cardinals GM Jon Mozeliak said, according to a tweet from MLB.com’s Jen Langosch.

The report said Taveras, 22, died when his car apparently veered off a road in in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The report also said his girlfriend was killed in the car.

Signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 2008, Tavares made his big-league debut on May 31.

In the regular season, he played in 80 games, hitting .239 with three home runs.

His shining moment came in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants this season, when he hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh off Jean Machi.

 

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