The Houston Astros organization has received tragic news about one of their former farmhands.
According to Hector Gomez, former Astros minor league catcher Randy Vasquez has passed away after his car was hit by a truck. He was 27 years old.
Remembering Houston Astros minor leaguer Randy Vasquez
Vasquez spent three seasons in the Astros’ system, topping out in High-A ball. He posted a solid .287/.374/.392 batting line with four homers and 19 doubles, but his career only amounted to 387 plate appearances. Vasquez appeared in just 11 games in his final season in 2017, with four games over his final two months after being promoted to the Carolina League.
He was an intriguing player defensively as well. He spent most of his career behind the plate, throwing out 48$ of would-be base stealers. Vasquez also received some playing time at first, and made an appearance at second and right. He appeared to have a path based on the strength of his arm behind the plate and potential versatility.
Injuries may have played a part in his lack of playing time. He was still in the Astros system in 2018 and had been assigned to the Quad City River Bandits in A-Ball to begin the season. However, he landed on the Injured List on April 5 and was subsequently released just over a month later. As he was never signed by another team despite his strong showing, that injury may have been enough to end his career.
Traveling in the Dominican Republic can be hazardous. Between road pirates, a lack of concern for safety, and questionably maintained roads, drivers take their lives into their hands whenever they get behind the wheel. There are far too many fatalities on their roads with Vasquez being the latest.
Former Houston Astros minor leaguer Randy Vasquez passed away at 27 years old. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family.