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Mariners pitching prospect Sanchez dies 42 days after injury

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Mariners Pitching Prospect Victor Sanchez Dies

Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez died this weekend after injuries sustained in a boating accident last month.

On February 14th, Sanchez, who was just 20 years old, was swimming in his home country of Venezuela when he was struck in the head by a boat propeller. This happened just days before he was scheduled to report to Arizona for the Mariners minor-league mini camp.

He was immediately taken to a hospital where he was diagnosed with multiple skull fractures and cranial hematoma. He underwent surgery and was placed in an induced coma and then spent more than a month in a hospital in Caracas where he succumbed to his injuries Saturday.

Mariners executive vice president and general manager said in a statement, "The Seattle Mariners are saddened to learn of the passing of Victor Sanchez. Victor was a tremendous young man and a wonderful teammate. He was a very talented player who was close to fulfilling his promise as a major leaguer. He will be missed by his teammates and the coaches and staff at the Mariners.

Sanchez signed with the Mariners as a free agent in 2011 at just 16-years-old. MLB.com ranked him as the Mariners' 11th-best prospect last year.

His teammates expressed their grief of losing such a promising player on Twitter:

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We lost a teammate but lost an even better person with the passing of Victor Sanchez tonight. Your memory will live on forever in my heart
My heart literally breaks for the Victor Sanchez's family. He was apart of our @Mariners family and please keep his family in your prayers!
Prayers for Victor Sanchez family and friends. Was a real good player and a great friend. Going to be missed #RIP
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