Jose Rosario, 20, died last night in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic. He was signed by the Astros as an 18-year-old minor league free agent in December of 2013. He pitched the last two seasons in the Astros minor league system, splitting his 2015 season between the Dominican Summer League and the Gulf Coast League.
Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow:
“It is with a heavy heart that we inform the Astros community of the passing of minor league pitcher Jose Rosario, who died last night in his native Dominican Republic. Our thoughts go out to Jose’s family, friends and many teammates.”
Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo:
“Jose was a beloved member of the Astros Latin American program. He will be remembered as a long, lanky-framed pitcher with tremendous ability, an outgoing personality and an ever-positive disposition. He was a true student of the game and was constantly looking to learn and improve his abilities. He was also a supportive teammate, as he made it a point to encourage his fellow Astros and deliver that message with a smile on his face. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rosario family.”