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Dominican Prospect Yerinson Tatis Killed, Reportedly Just One Day Before Signing With the Cubs

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Some deeply sad news out of the Dominican Republic. Yerinson (Jerison) Tatis, an 18-year-old pitching prospect, was recently released by the Kansas City Royals. Indeed, news of his release is coming off the transaction wire as recently as a couple hours ago.


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According to a report from Listin Diario out of the Dominican Republic, none of that matters, as Tatis was killed Saturday night at a party, where one other person was killed and others were injured. The report, noted by Stan Croussett on Twitter, contains an unfortunate postscript to the report: Tatis was just a day or two away from signing a $450,000 with the Cubs, according to Listin Diario.

Hearing about an 18-year-old kid losing his life is heart-breaking enough, but to learn that he was on the doorstep of a payday that could have changed his family’s life – the report says that Tatis dreamed of taking his mother out of poverty – is really tough.

The details of the story are still a bit fuzzy, and at least one other report says that Tatis was actually going to sign with the Athletics. I’d not heard about a new international signing like Tatis, and it would be surprising to learn about an out-of-the-blue signee for such a substantial sum (one who had just been released by the Royals), so it’s entirely possible that the Listin Diario report has a minor detail or two (in the grand scheme of things) incorrect.


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In any event, whatever team he was going to, and whatever the details on the baseball side, it’s a sad story. Thoughts and prayers to the family.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.