This is certainly terrible news for the baseball world to wake up to.
It's been reported on Saturday morning that former Tampa Bay Rays minor-league pitcher Braulio Lara passed away in a car crash down in the Dominican Republic. Another person also died in the crash and another four have been reportedly injured.
It was a multi-car crash Lara was involved in. He was reportedly heading from Ocoa to Santo Domingo and he struck a car that was on the side of the road. Another car came behind and hit him and the driver, who died as well.
The 30-year-old spent most of his career in the Rays organization, reaching as far as Triple-A. From there, he spent a little time with the San Francisco Giants and Washington Nationals in the pipeline.
Lara also went overseas and played in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2016, and logged stints in the Mexican League and Dominican Winter League.
In 11 minor league seasons, Lara made 294 appearances (75 starts) and posted a 4.67 ERA with 592 strikeouts over 649.2 innings.