RIP to Fausto Segura, a right-handed relief pitcher who had just completed his third season in the team’s minor league system. He was killed in a motorcycle accident on January 12 while in the Dominican Republic. Segura was 23 years old.
Sportswriter Héctor Gómez broke the news on Z Digital. According to reports, Segura was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by an SUV near the airport in his hometown of Barahona. He pitched for the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Pennsylvania League and was an All-Star. “He will be greatly missed and we are thinking of his family at this time,” the team said in a statement.
Fausto Ernesto Segura was born in Barahona, Dominican Republic, on October 24, 1996. He signed with the Nationals on July 6, 2017 and reported to the team’s Dominican Summer League. He pitched in 8 games, including 3 starts, and had a 1-3 record and 2.96 ERA. The following season he was a part of the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League team and was roughed up with a 6.60 ERA in 7 relief outings. He walked 9 batters in 15 innings while striking out 13 and had a 1-3 record again.
Segura’s best year was 2019 with the Doubledays. After posting a 2.49 ERA through 21-1/3 innings, with 26 strikeouts, he was one of four Auburn players named to the New York-Penn All-Star team. he ended the year with a 3.21 ERA and 33 K’s. He picked up his third save of the year in his final game, throwing a hitless 2 innings against Batavia. In his career, Segura played in 32 games, with a 4-6 record and 3.88 ERA. He fanned 65 batters in 67-1/3 innings.
The Nationals issued a statement that read in part, “He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization. We extend our deepest sympathies to Fausto’s family, friends and loved ones in their time of grief.”