Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello has been found dead in his Auckland hotel room days after joining the Auckland Tuatara in the Australian Baseball League. Costello was in New Zealand as he had just joined the Auckland Tuatara a few days prior.
Costello played college baseball at Central Connecticut State and was selected in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners.
We're saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Ryan Costello.
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'On behalf of the entire organization, the Twins send their most honest condolences to Ryan´s family, friends, coaches and teammates, ' the Twins said in a statement.
Considerations had been raised when Costello failed to fable for follow Monday, days sooner than Tuatara's opener of the 2019-20 season. He was traded to the Twins in 2018 for pitcher Zach Duke.
Auckland's press release has claimed that preliminary indications are that Costello died of natural causes; however, nothing has been officially determined at this time.
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The Twins also said in a statement they are "deeply saddened" by Costello's death. He was set to play third base for the Tuatara this season.
Born in Hartford, Connecticut, he played in the minor leagues for the Clinton Lumberjacks and later for the Fort Myers Miracle during their 2018 championship run. In September of the year, his three-run homer helped Class A Fort Myers win the Florida State League title.
The Blue Wahoos said in their own tweet, "With great sadness, we remember a ballplayer whose talent on the field was only exceeded by his kindness off of it".
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For the last year-and-a-half, Costello has been a part of the Minnesota Twins' organization.