Jose Rosario, Astros Pitcher, Dies at 20

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 25, 2016

Baseball bats and gloves sit on the tarp with the new Houston Astros logo during batting practice before an exhibition baseball game against the Chicago Cubs Friday, March 29, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)
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The Houston Astros announced Monday that minor league pitcher Jose Rosario died in a motorcycle accident Sunday night in the Dominican Republic.

"Our thoughts go out to Jose's family, friends and many teammates," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement.

Oz Ocampo, Houston's director of international, said in a statement Rosario was a "true student of the game."

"He will be remembered as a long, lanky-framed pitcher with tremendous ability, an outgoing personality and an ever-positive disposition," Ocampo said.

Rosario made 18 appearances in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League in 2015, posting a 4.40 ERA. He spent the bulk of his time as a reliever, making eight starts in those 18 appearances. He pitched 57.1 innings, striking out 51 batters and walking 22.

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