Michael Nolan, Former A's Draft Pick, Dies at 23 After Drive-by Shooting

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2015

Members of the grounds crew work on the infield at O.co Coliseum before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners in Oakland, Calif., Friday, April 4, 2014. The game has been delayed for weather related conditions to the infield. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Oakland Athletics prospect Michael Nolan died at 23 years old on Thursday as a result of injuries he suffered in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 18.

"On behalf of the entire A's organization, I send my deepest condolences to Donna and Jimmy Nolan," said A's general manager David Forst in a statement from the team's Twitter account. "Michael will always be a member of the A's family, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends for their tragic loss."

Oakland drafted Nolan out of Oklahoma State University with the 552nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. He had yet to play a minor league game in the Athletics organization after being placed on the restricted list on July 14, 2014.    

According to Tim Fleischer of ABC 7 in New York, an unknown gunman shot Nolan in the head and arm. Police in Yonkers, New York, believe the shooting to be the possible result of an argument regarding a drag race that happened before the shooting. They were unaware if Nolan himself was involved in the argument.

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