Blue Jays former draft pick dies in ATV accident


 Toronto Blue Jays draft pick and former farmhand Daniel Webb passed away tragically late Saturday evening as a result of an ATV accident in Tennessee.

Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Webb suffered head trauma as a result of an ATV accident. Three other people including Webb’s wife also sustained serious injuries as a result of the incident.

The Jays selected pitcher Daniel Webb in the 18th round, 550th overall in the 2009 amateur draft out of Northwest Florida State College. The hurler would remain in the Blue Jays organization until 2012 when the farmhand was dealt with Myles Jaye to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Jason Frasor. Webb pitched for the Gulf Coast Blue Jays, Lansing, and Auburn while in the Jays organization.

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Webb made his MLB debut in 2013 as a member of the White Sox, he would pitch parts of four seasons with the pale hose accumulating a 4.50 earned run average in 94 relief appearances. His best season came in 2014 when Webb made 57 appearances earning a respectable 3.99 earned run average out of the White Sox pen.

The 28-year old did not pitch in 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in the spring of 2016. Webb was released by the White Sox but he was apparently planning a comeback in 2018. The White Sox released an official statement in regards to Webb’s tragic passing on their Twitter account.

A quick glance through Webb’s Twitter feed gives an indication that he was a devoted family man that loved the outdoors including fishing and hunting.

Major League Baseball is no stranger to tragedies involving motorized vehicles as Jose Fernandez, Yordano Ventura, Andy Marte and Oscar Taveras all have passed away tragically as a result of vehicle or boating accidents.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Webb family during this trying time. Rest in Peace.