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Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dies at Age 27

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 1, 2019

TORONTO, ON - JUNE 18:  Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim leaves the field during a pitching change in the eighth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, the team announced.

"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," the Angels said in a statement. "Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."

The Southlake Police Department announced officers responded to the Hilton Hotel after receiving a report about an "unconscious male." Authorities found Skaggs unresponsive, and he was "pronounced deceased at the scene." A spokesperson for the police department said suicide "is not suspected," according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

An investigation into Skaggs' death remains ongoing, but police don't suspect foul play at the moment.

The Texas Rangers released a statement as well, noting their Monday game against Los Angeles would be postponed: "The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time."

Mike Trout posted a statement on Instagram about Skaggs:

"Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now. Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts... we love you, 45."

Skaggs made 15 appearances for the Angels this season, posting a 4.29 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 79.2 innings. His 1.7 WAR is highest on the team among Angels pitchers, per FanGraphs.

The veteran left-hander was in his seventh season in MLB. He made his debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 and moved to the Angels in December 2013 as part of a trade that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona.

Tommy John surgery interrupted Skaggs' career and forced him to miss the 2015 season, along with large parts of 2014 and 2016. Upon returning in 2016, he quickly reestablished himself as one of Los Angeles' best starters.

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