Angels pitcher Skaggs found dead in hotel

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room on Monday aged 27, stunning Major League Baseball.

Skaggs was with the team in Texas for Monday's (Tuesday AEST) match against the Rangers when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room.

Tyler Skaggs was just 27 years old.Credit:AP

He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating, but no foul play is suspected at this stage.

Skaggs was "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."

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 (elbow) surgery.

He struggled with injuries repeatedly over the past three seasons but persevered to become a valuable starter in the Angels' injury-plagued rotation.

The left-hander had just pitched on Saturday, allowing two runs in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-0 loss to Oakland.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he was "deeply saddened" by Skaggs' death.

"We will support the Angels' organisation 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 was born in the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Woodland Hills and graduated from Santa Monica High School in 2009, when the Angels drafted him in the first round.

The Angels traded Skaggs to Arizona in 2010, and he started his big-league career with 13 appearances over two seasons for the Diamondbacks. The Angels reacquired him in December 2013, and he has won 25 games over five seasons with the club.

A fan adds to a makeshift memorial for Skaggs at Angel Stadium.Credit:AP

Skaggs started a career-high 24 games last season, going 8-10 with a 4.02 ERA. He missed playing time in April this season with a sprained ankle but came back strong.

Skaggs was part of the same Angels' draft class as star outfielder Mike Trout, and they were roommates in the low minor leagues before Skaggs was traded to Arizona. They played on the same team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2010.

Cleveland Indians ace Trevor Bauer, who played with Skaggs in the Diamondbacks organisation, tweeted: "We came up together. We won together. We laughed and celebrated together. Today, we all lose and mourn together."

Skaggs' mother, Debbie, was the longtime softball coach at Santa Monica High School.

She famously provided post-game tips on his pitching mechanics, even deep into his big-league career.

Skaggs' death led to the postponement of the Los Angeles-Texas clash, with the Rangers offering their "thoughts and prayers" to the Angels organisation.


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