By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Minor league prospect Ryan Costello has been found dead in Auckland, New Zealand. He was 23.
He was a member of the Minnesota Twins. In addition, he played in the infield for the Twins.
Costello was in New Zealand playing winter ball for his Australian Baseball League team. He had just arrived in the area one week ago.
He was playing for the Auckland Tuatara, who was expected to begin their season on Wednesday. However, due to Costello’s death, it is not clear at this time if that game will go on, or will be postponed and made up at a later date.
“The Tuatara would like to express their deepest condolences to Ryan’s family back home in the United States and to the whole Minnesota Twins organization,” the team said in a statement. “Support is being offered to the Tuatara players, who are naturally devastated at the moment.”
Costello had just completed his third Minor League Season. He split the 2019 season between Class A Advanced Ford Myers Miracle and Double A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
With the Blue Wahoos, he had a .240 batting average with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in 40 games. While a member of the Miracle, he had a .213 batting average with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 68 games.
He was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 2017 MLB Draft. Then, in 2018, he was traded to the Twins with Chase De Jong for Zach Duke.