Mariners prospect Sanchez dies from boat accident injuries

Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez died from a head injury.
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By Larry Brown

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died on Saturday, six weeks after suffering serious head injuries in an accident while swimming, his Venezuelan baseball team announced.

Sanchez’s Venezuelan team, the Caracas Lions, issued a statement saying the prospect died Saturday night after being in a coma 42 days.

Sanchez was hit in the head by a boat propeller while swimming in his home country of Venezuela on Feb. 14. The young pitcher was in critical condition after the accident and showing very little signs of movement or brain activity. He suffered a fractured skull and required a cranieoctomy.

Sanchez was signed by the Mariners at 16 years old in 2011 and given a $2.5 million signing bonus. He began playing in the Mariners’ system as a 17-year-old in 2012. He showed extreme promise for someone his age by going 6-2 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 starts in low-A ball that season. He went 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 124 2/3 innings as a 19-year-old in Double-A last season, which is impressive given his youth.

“We thought for sure he was going to be a major-league pitcher,’’ Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said last month in an interview with The Seattle Times.

Sanchez received attention in 2013 after pitching a no-hitter in the minors. You can see a highlight from the final out and celebration here.

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