ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Los Angeles Angels announced Monday afternoon, pitcher Tyler Skaggs, 27 passed away in his hotel room in Southlake.
The team is in town to begin a four-game series against the Texas Rangers.
Skaggs was scheduled to start against the Rangers on Thursday, July 4.
The Angels released a brief statement on Twitter saying, “It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas. Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
Monday night’s game has been postponed as a result of the tragedy.
There is no word yet on how Skaggs passed away.
Southlake Police said they responded to a call of an unconscious man in a room in the Hilton hotel at 1400 Plaza Place.
Officers arrived and found Skaggs unresponsive and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
At this time, no foul play is suspected, but police said the investigation is ongoing.
“We would like to extend our condolences to the Skaggs family and to the Los Angeles Angels organization,” Southlake Police said.
The Rangers released the following statement Monday afternoon:
The Texas Rangers organization wants to express its deepest sympathies to the family of Tyler Skaggs and to the entire Angels organization on this shocking loss. The thoughts and prayers of every member of the Texas Rangers and all of their fans are with the Angels organization at this difficult time. Tonight’s game will be made up at a date to be determined.
Skaggs posted on Instagram yesterday a photo of the team wearing Cowboy hats and said, “Howdy y’all. #TexasRoadtrip.”
Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields, Jr. posted on Twitter and Instagram, “My heart is crushed. Life is so unpredictable and we should never take anything for granted. This isn’t just a loss just for the Los Angeles Angels but a loss for our entire baseball family and community. It was a pleasure to have competed against you over the past 5 years. You were a true competitor and my thoughts and prayers will forever be with you and your family. Rest in paradise brother.”
People are leaving mementos in front of Angels Stadium in Anaheim in honor and memory of Skaggs.
Skaggs last pitched Saturday, going five innings at home against Oakland. He had gone 7-7 this year in 15 starts, recording a 4.29 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 79 2/3 innings, according to ESPN.
A Los Angeles-area native, the Angels drafted Skaggs with the 40th pick in the first round in the 2009 draft.
He was traded to the Diamondbacks in August 2010 and made his major league debut two years later.
Arizona traded him back to the Angels after the 2013 season.
Skaggs’ death comes 10 years after another Angels pitcher, Nick Adenhart, died in a car crash in April 2009.