Ramon Ramirez, who played at three levels in the Orioles’ organization in 2015, was killed in a motorcycle accident in his native Dominican Republic Saturday, the organization announced Sunday.
According to MASN.com’s Roch Kubatko—also BA’s Orioles’ correspondent—the accident took place as Ramirez was leaving a softball game.
Ramirez’s girlfriend was riding on the back of the motorcycle and survived the crash, Kubatko reported, but broke her leg.
“We’re still piecing the details together,” director of player development Brian Graham told Kubatko. “It’s a really, really sad situation. He was a really good kid. Everybody liked him and it’s just a really sad situation.”
Ramirez, 23, signed with the Orioles in July 2014. In 2015, he played at short-season Aberdeen, the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and high-Class A Frederick.
“Our entire organization is deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic death of Ramon Ramirez,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a statement. “As a member of the Orioles organization, Ramon worked tirelessly to make the most of his opportunity to play professional baseball. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, teammates, and coaches as we mourn this unimaginable loss.”