Ryan Costello (baseball)
|Born: June 13, 1996|
|Died: November 18, 2019 (aged 23)|
Auckland, New Zealand
Ryan Costello (June 13, 1996 – November 18, 2019) was an American professional baseball infielder. He played college baseball for Central Connecticut State University, and was playing in the Minnesota Twins organization at the time of his death.
Career[edit | edit source]
Costello attended Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield, Connecticut. Undrafted out of high school in the 2014 MLB draft, he enrolled at Central Connecticut State University, where he played college baseball. As a freshman in 2015, he appeared in 37 games (with 34 being starts), batting .248 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Following his first collegiate baseball season, he played for the Bristol Blues during the summer. In 2016, as a sophomore, he was batting .324 with three home runs and 21 RBIs in thirty games before an injury ended his season. He returned from the injury that summer and played for the Keene Swamp Bats where he hit .264 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 42 games. As a junior in 2017, he batted .296 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs in 58 games.
After his junior year, he was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round of the 2017 MLB draft. He signed for $5,000 and made his professional debut that year for the Arizona League Mariners, batting .331/.430/.634 with eight home runs and 38 RBIs in 44 games. He began 2018 with the Clinton LumberKings, with whom he was named to the Midwest League All-Star Game where he participated in the Home Run Derby.
On July 30, 2018, Costello (along with Chase De Jong) was traded to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for Zach Duke. He was assigned to their minor league affiliate, Fort Myers Miracle, and finished the season there. In 128 games between Clinton and Fort Myers, he hit .258 with twenty home runs and 79 RBIs. He returned to Fort Myers to begin 2019, and was promoted to the Twins' Double-A affiliate Pensacola Blue Wahoos during the season. Over 108 games with the two clubs, Costello batted .223/.343./412 with 15 home runs and 46 RBIs.
Death[edit | edit source]
Costello died on November 18, 2019, in Auckland, New Zealand, while preparing to start the Australian Baseball League season with the Auckland Tuatara. He was found dead in his hotel room bed by teammates. Costello was 23 years old. Initial reports indicate that he died of natural causes.
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References[edit | edit source]
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- Erik Oas (June 6, 2018). "Jack Larsen, Ryan Costello, Ryne Inman, & Collin Kober named to All-StarTeam". MiLB.com. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
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- Daren Smith (November 18, 2019). "Twins' Costello found dead in New Zealand". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- "Baseball: Auckland Tuatara players mourning after death of third baseman Ryan Costello". New Zealand Herald. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- "Auckland Tuatara: Baseball side stunned by death of player Ryan Costello". Stuff.co.nz. November 18, 2019. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
- Tim Jensen (November 18, 2019). "Pro Baseball Player From Wethersfield Found Dead In New Zealand". Patch Media. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
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- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Central Connecticut Blue Devils bio
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