Evan Chambers, the Pirates’ third-round pick in 2009 from Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Fla., has died. He was 24.
The team confirmed his passing in a statement.
Chambers reached Double-A Altoona in 2012, but played in only four games in 2013 because of a foot injury. He hit .227/.361/.351 in his minor league career. He did not rank among the Pirates’ top 30 prospects in 2013.
“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan’s sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. “Beyond being just a talented ballplayer, Evan was a great teammate and a quiet leader who went about his craft as a professional every day.
“Off the field, Evan loved making a difference in the community, and often dedicated a lot of his time working with children in the communities in which he played. Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family for this unimaginable loss. He was far too young. He will be missed.”
Several members of the Pirates’ organization tweeted condolence notes.
So sad to hear about Chambo passing away. He was always one of my favorite teammates! Such a great guy. Too young. #RIPEvanChambers
— Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) December 2, 2013
Can’t help but question why you were taken so early. Makes me sick. RIP Evan Chambers. Love you man.
— Tony Sanchez (@Tony26Montana) December 2, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to Evan Chambers and his family, I’m so incredibly sorry for your loss #RIPEvanChambers
— Phillip Irwin (@FilthyPhil36) December 2, 2013
RIP to my teammate and friend Evan Chambers. Only got to know him just this year but he was a freak athlete and an even better guy. #RIP
— Reese McGuire (@Reese_McGuire21) December 2, 2013