Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died on Monday at the age of 27, amazing Major League Baseball and leading to the delay of the team’s game against the Texas Rangers.
Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police stated. He was declared dead at the scene. Police stated they are investigating, but no foul play is assumed at this time.
Skaggs was “an important part of the Angels Family,” the team stated in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Carli, and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016 when he recovered from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but continued to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles’ injury-plagued rotation.
The left-hander had just pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland.
“We will support the Angels’ organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family,” Manfred stated in a statement.
Skaggs was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels selected him in the first round.
The Angels traded Skaggs to Arizona in 2010, and he started his big-league career with 13 appearances over two seasons for the Diamondbacks. The Angels reacquired him in December 2013, and he has won 25 games over five seasons with the club.