Police in Southlake, Texas said Skaggs was found unresponsive in a room at the local Hilton shortly after 2 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene and foul play is not suspected.
The Angels were scheduled to play the first of a four-game series against the Texas Rangers later Monday. That game has been postponed.
“Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels family,” the club said in a brief statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time.”
“I am deeply saddened by today’s tragedy in Texas,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “All of us at Major League Baseball extend our deepest condolences to Tyler’s wife Carli, their family, their friends and all of his Angels teammates and colleagues. We will support the Angels organization through this most difficult period, and we will make a variety of resources available to Tyler’s teammates and other members of the baseball family.”
Skaggs died two days after his last start, in which he lasted 4.1 innings and gave up two earned runs on two hits, walked four and struck out five as the Angels lost 4-0 to the Oakland Athletics. In all, Skaggs made 15 starts in 2019, boasting a record of seven wins and seven losses along with a 4.29 earned run average.
Born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, Skaggs was a first-round draft pick of the Angels out of Santa Monica High School in 2009. He broke into the big leagues with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2012 but was dealt back to the Angels in December 2013 as part of a three-team trade that sent Mark Trumbo to Arizona.
Skaggs had been a regular in the Angels’ starting rotation since late 2016 when he returned from Tommy John surgery. He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in Los Angeles’ injury-plagued rotation.
Skaggs’ death is not the first time tragedy has befallen the Angels organization. In April 2009, pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck a car in which Adenhart was a passenger. Adenhart died hours after starting a game for the Angels against the Oakland Athletics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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