This post has been updated as of November 6th

It’s a sad day to have to type this out, but Cincinnati Reds minor league pitcher Jairo Capellan has passed away in an auto accident today in his native Dominican Republic. Teammates Raul Hernandez and Emilio Garcia were also involved in the accident. Here’s the statement from the Cincinnati Reds:

Cincinnati Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams has released more details on the three minor league players involved in this morning’s car accident in the Dominican Republic.

According to Williams, RHP Jairo Capellán has passed away, RHP Raul Hernandez is in critical condition at a local hospital, and OF Emilio Garcia remains in the hospital in stable condition. The Reds will update the conditions of Hernandez and Garcia as information becomes available.

All three players are 19 years old.

Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini said, “We received this terrible news and send our condolences and support to the families, friends and teammates of Jairo, Raul and Emilio. Our Dominican operations are an integral part of the Reds organization, and this tragedy affects us all. We will remain closely involved to help everyone through this difficult time.”

Reds Latin America Field Coordinator Joel Noboa said, “Jairo was a talented young pitcher with a bright future who was taken from us much too soon. He will be missed by everyone who knew him – his teammates, coaches and our Dominican Academy staff.”

Update: November 4th, 6:15pm

The Cincinnati Reds have released an update on Raul Hernandez and Emilio Garcia.

Hernandez remains in the hospital in critical but stable condition. Garcia is still in the hospital receiving treatment for his injuries, but he is alert and conscious.

Both players are being monitored by local doctors and Reds medical staff. They were hospitalized in the Dominican Republic following yesterday’s car accident that killed teammate RHP Jairo Capellán.

The funeral for Jairo Capellán was held earlier on Sunday afternoon in Santo Domingo.

Update: November 6th, 10:50am

Raul Hernandez and Emilio Garcia have both been transferred to a hospital in Miami. This was first reported by C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.


5 Responses

  1. Colorado Red

    Deepest sympathies to the families and friends.
    Prayers for the injured, get will soon.
    Puts baseball in the proper prospective.

  2. Jeffery Meeker

    Prayers for all involved. Baseball is not important when stuff like this happens.

  3. redleggingfordayz

    I send my thoughts and condolences to the families involved. This is never easy for anyone.

  4. Redsvol

    very sad to see anyone so young pass – regardless of being baseball players. May he rest in peace.

  5. IMHO

    Prayers to all families and friends involved –
    Paz y bienestar a todos.