Former General, Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez dies after boating accident

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PEORIA, Ariz. — Six weeks after a boating accident, Mariners prospect Victor Sanchez has died at the age of 20. Sanchez was in a boating accident on February 14th while swimming in Venezuela, where he is from. He was hit in the head by a boat propeller and suffered from skull fractures. He passed away Saturday night after being in a coma for six weeks. Sanchez had just completed a full season at Double-A Jackson, where – despite being five years younger than the average player – he posted a 7-6 record with a 4.19 ERA and seven strikeouts per nine innings. He was the Mariners‘ 11th-best prospect (according to Mariners executive vice president Jack Zduriencik said, “Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners.” Zduriencik went on to say, “The entire Mariners organization sends our deepest condolences to his family during this difficult time.”

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