Former MLB Players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo Killed In Venezuelan Car Crash

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

Former Los Angeles Angels infielder Luis Valbuena and former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jose Castillo died in a vehicle crash Thursday in Venezuela, according to multiple media outlets.

All three men were playing for the Venezuela Winter League club Cardenales de Lara.

Luis Valbuena, a free agent who played with the Angels in 2018, and Castillo, an infielder who spent last season with the Giants and Astros, were involved in the fatal auto crash Yaracuy.

Major League Baseball tweeted late Thursday the 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died.

Castillo, 37, played the first four of his five major-league seasons with the Pirates from 2004-07.

Valbuena played 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year before being released in August. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the majors with multiple teams that included the Seattle Mariners, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels. "He was a productive player on the field and played a key role in the Astros run to the postseason in 2015", the statement reads. He was a lifetime.226 hitter with 114 home runs and 367 RBIs.

He was in the minor leagues in the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A Reno affiliate.

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