The Los Angeles Angels Baseball organization received devastating news that their left-handed pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, 27, died in a Southlake, Texas hotel on Monday. The Angels were scheduled to play the Texas Rangers, but the game was postponed as a result of the day’s events.
Skaggs was pronounced dead at the scene after police received a distress call of an unconscious man at a hotel room. There is no foul play suspected and an autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death.
“It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas,” said the Angels organization 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. There are no other details at this time, please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers.”
It was a somber scene at the Texas Rangers’ ballpark as both teams arrived and left before either clubhouse were open and no players or coaches made any comments to the media before leaving the stadium.
Skaggs was drafted by the Angels in the first round of the 2009 MLB Draft with the 40th selection out of Santa Monica High School. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks ahead of the 2010 season and made his MLB Debut with Diamondbacks on Aug. 22, 2012. Skaggs was traded back to the Angels after the 2013 season.
There will be a moment of silence held before today’s game against the Rangers at Globe Life Park. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.