2 former Houston Astros players reportedly killed in vehicle crash

Luis Valbuena Jose Castillo die in car crash in Venezuela

Former Pirates infielder Jose Castillo killed in car crash in Venezuela

According to Fletcher, Valbuena and Castillo played in a Venezuelan league game Thursday night.

Valbuena, who played for the Cubs from 2012-14 and was popular among his teammates, and former major leaguer Jose Castillo were killed when their auto collided with a rock that rolled onto a road, according to the Orange County Register.

Valbuena, an 11-year major league veteran, hit.199 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games this year for the Los Angeles Angels, who released him on August 7.

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Castillo, 37, played in the majors from 2004 to 2008 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants and Astros. Reports indicated that the driver of the vehicle and teammate Carlos Rivero both survived. "Our thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones during this time of grief".

Valbuena played for the Angels the past two seasons. "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 also had played for the Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners from 2008 to 2016. He recorded a.254 batting average, 39 homes runs and 218 career RBIs.

He was in the minor leagues in the United States as recently as 2017, playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks' Triple-A Reno affiliate.

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