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Astros issue statement after death of 20-year-old prospect Jose Rosario

KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 12: A Houston Astros logo at the stadium during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Osceola County Stadium on March 12, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

KISSIMMEE, FL - MARCH 12: A Houston Astros logo at the stadium during the spring training game against the Washington Nationals at Osceola County Stadium on March 12, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

On Monday, the news broke that Jose Rosario, a 20-year-old pitcher in the Houston Astros organization, died in a motorcycle accident in the Dominican Republic.

The accident occurred on Sunday night, and the Astros issued a statement announcing the news on Monday:

#Astros statements on the passing of 20-year old RHP Jose Rosario: pic.twitter.com/IQ3HfXT99S

— Houston Astros (@astros) January 25, 2016

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In the statement, Astros Director of International Oz Ocampo is quoted as follows:

"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."

Signed by Houston in 2013 as an 18-year-old, Rosario spent 2015 with stints in both the Gulf Coast League and the Dominican Summer League.