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Oscar Taveras, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, has died, according to reports

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There are multiple reports on Twitter that St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras was killed in a car accident

Michael Thomas

Oscar Taveras, the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder, was killed in a car accident, according to reports on Twitter.

The reports are coming from Spanish-language news outlets, with at least one saying that the report has been confirmed by Taveras' agent.

More on this as it becomes available.

UPDATE -- Jon Heyman says that Taveras' agent has confirmed this tragic news.  Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident that took place in the Dominican Republic.

Taveras, 22, was considered an up-and-coming star, an outfielder with one of the best hit tools in the game among prospects and young major leaguers.

Taveras was ranked as the #3 prospect in the game by Baseball America before both the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and while he struggled in the majors this year, he was expected to be a major contributor for the Cardinals in 2015 and for years to come.

Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 for $145,000, Taveras quickly established himself as a top-tier prospects, being seen as one of the best pure hitters in the minors the past few years.

This is very sad news for the major league baseball community, with the life of one of its future stars being snuffed out way too early.