ARLINGTON, Texas — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers.
The Southlake Police Department said officers responded to a call of an unconscious male in a room at the Hilton Dallas Southlake at 2:18 p.m. Monday. Officers arrived and found Skaggs unresponsive and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The team provided no immediate details.
The Southlake Police said no foul play is suspected and an investigation is ongoing. Mike DiGiovanna, of the Los Angeles Times, reported that a Southlake police spokesperson said suicide "is not suspected" in Skaggs' death.
The Angels' game against the Texas Rangers was postponed Monday.
"Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Carli and his entire family during this devastating time."
The Skaggs family has ties to the Central Coast. Darrell Skaggs, Tyler's father, opened the On Deck Batting Cages in the Town Center Mall in Santa Maria in 2013.
Tyler made appearances at the facility and at ballparks around the Santa Maria Valley to help promote the game of baseball and the family's club team, Cal-Coast Baseball Academy, which was founded by Darrell Skaggs in 2016.
Tyler Skaggs pitched at Santa Monica High School, even making a start against Lompoc in the CIF playoffs. The left-handed pitcher was then selected in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Angels. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010 before being re-acquired by the Angels in 2013.
The league's commissioner Rob Manfred said he was "deeply saddened" by Skaggs' death.
"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," Manfred said in a statement.
Skaggs, who would have turned 28 on July 13, 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 pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland.
The left-hander was born in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Woodland Hills, in the far western part of the sprawling San Fernando Valley. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him 40th overall. Skaggs' mother, Debbie, was the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School.
Skaggs grew up in Santa Monica, but rooted for the Angels instead of the closer Dodgers.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who was drafted with Skaggs in the first round in 2009, posted a remembrance to his social media accounts Monday evening.
"Words cannot express the deep sadness we feel right now," Trout wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Carli and their families. Remembering him as a great teammate, friend, and person who will forever remain in our hearts... we love you, 45."
Skaggs is the third active Angels player to die before the age of 28 since 1978. Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in a car crash in 2009 just hours after making his first major league start at the age of 22. Outfielder Lyman Bostock was shot and killed in his hometown of Gary, Indiana, just hours after playing the Chicago White Sox in a game on Sept. 23, 1978.