Former New York Mets minor league pitcher Matt Pobereyko died suddenly from a heart attack last weekend.
He was only 31 years old.
MLB Insider Hector Gomez announced the news of his sudden passing on Sunday.
“Former Mets minor league pitcher Matt Pobereyko passed away at the age of 31 due to a heart attack,” Gomez announced on Twitter. “He had pitched in the Mexican League and Dominican Winter League this offseason.”
Mexican League Baseball’s Saraperos de Saltillo, where Pobereyko was under contract, confirmed his death.
“We report the unfortunate news of the death of Matt Pobereyko, due to a heart attack that ended his life,” the team wrote. “Matt had a great winter where he was listed as the punch king. Directive, staff, coaching staff, and players unite for his eternal rest.”
“The management, administrative staff, technical body, and players of Saraperos de Saltillo have expressed their sympathy for the Pobereyko family during this difficult time,” the team posted in a separate tweet.
“We are left with the illusion of seeing you pitch at Madero, however it comforts us to know that you tattooed our colors, you will always be SARAPERO. We implore your help from above to go out every day to leave the best of us as you did well.”
FOX News reported:
Former New York Mets pitching prospect Matt Pobereyko, who most recently played in Mexico, died suddenly of a heart attack on Friday. He was 31.
News of Pobereyko’s passing was first reported by MLB insider Hector Gomez, but several of his former teams have since confirmed his death.
Born on Christmas Eve in Hammond, Indiana, Pobereyko played college baseball at Kentucky Wesleyan College before signing a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2016.
The right-handed pitcher first joined the Mets organization in 2017 and spent several seasons in the minors. He also spent time with the Miami Marlins organization.
Pobereyko had most recently pitched in the Mexican League and Dominican Winter League this offseason, according to the report.
Tributes flooded social media following the news of Pobereyko’s sudden death.