Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash

Ex-MLB players Luis Valbuena, Jose Castillo die in car crash

Former major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a auto crash following a winter league game in Venezuela.

According to multiple reports, their auto hit a rock in the road which sent them the vehicle out of control and ultimately led to their deaths.

Valbuena played 11 seasons in the Major League Baseball, including his final two with the Los Angeles Angels, who released him in August.

Castillo, also an infielder, played five seasons in the majors for the Pirates, Giants and Astros from 2004-08.

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo, who were teammates in a Venezuelan winter baseball league, were traveling in a white Toyota Fortuner with teammate Carlos Rivero when the vehicle suddenly slammed into a large rock in the middle of the road.

Valbuena played in the majors from 2008 to 2018, most recently appearing in 96 games for the Los Angeles Angels last season before the team released him in August. He also played for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and the Angels. "He was a productive player on the field and played a key role in the Astros run to the postseason in 2015", the statement reads. He collected four hits in seven at-bats (.571 average) while hitting a home run and driving in three runs. In 592 career games, he hit.254 with a.296 on-base percentage, a.379 slugging percentage, 39 homers and 218 RBIs.