Former MLB pitcher and Cuban baseball star Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez died in car accident, the club confirmed through twitter.
The Phillies are saddened to learn about the passing of former pitcher Miguel Alfredo González. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) 24 de noviembre de 2017
Gonzalez, 34 years old at the time of his death, was a prized prospect in 2013 after defecting from Cuba at 26 as he marveled scouts and was thought to be the next great Cuban signing.
The right-hander ended up agreeing to a six-year deal worth $48 million dollars with an option on a seventh season for $11 million with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The deal was one of the biggest of its time, as Gonzalez was seen to be at least a back-end starter to middle of the rotation type talent.
It was then discovered that he was dealing with arm trouble and would eventually end up signing for only three years and $12 million dollars.
In 2014, Gonzalez performed well in the Minors by posting a 3.13 ERA as a reliever, but in the Big Leagues in six appearances in September, he posted a 6.75 ERA.
Gonzalez was released by the Phillies before the 2016 season and was not able to sign with any other team.
This is the second ex-member of the Phillies organization that passes away in an accident this month, Roy Halladay died when his plane crashed into the ocean in the Gulf of México.
The LATINO baseball community has been hit hard by the death of baseball players due to car accidents, as players like Yordano Ventura, Oscar Taveras, and Andy Marte. Also, Jose Fernández who passed away in a boating accident.
Rest in Peace