Cuban pitcher Alfredo Valiente tragically dies in car accident.

Cuban right-hander Alfredo Valiente, brother of Alexander Valiente (a prospect recently asked out of his designation with the Cuban Baseball Federation) has perished in an automobile accident in Nicaragua.

A report last night by Paolo Araquistain announced the news of the pitcher’s death. Valiente at the time of his death was playing in amateur league last night to stay in shape for the upcoming season in Nicaragua. After the game the pitcher got on his scooter and headed home when the accident occurred. Valiente in an attempt to evade impact with a car was thrown from his scooter and later succumbed to his injuries.

The native of Guantánamo, Cuba left the island bound for the Dominican Republic and a possible future in professional baseball in 2017.

Alfredo Valiente who was 24 years old was also an aspiring pitcher before his death. Armed with a 95 MPH fastball pitched the last two seasons in the Nicaraguan Winter League posting a record of 5-7, a 4.95 ERA and striking out 41 batters in 83 innings pitched. Valiente also saw action in the Mexican Winter League with the practice squad of the Cañeros de Los Mochis.

Valiente signed and was supposed to pitch with the Lake Erie Crushers of the Frontier League, but issues with his visa impeded his incorporation with the team.

I had the pleasure of speaking to Alfredo Valiente on plenty occasions and announced a few his signings, so this news affected me plenty and caused great sadness. The Cuban Baseball Digest and Pelota Cubana would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the Valiente family on their loss.

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