On Monday, the Australian Baseball League had to make a sad announcement. According to the league, Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello was found dead over the weekend. He was in his New Zealand hotel room. Costello was 23.
Reports from the ABL state that the cause of death for the young prospect was natural causes. Before his death, Costello has been staying in New Zealand for only a week. His reason for being there was to play for the Auckland Tuatara. As of late. The Auckland Tuatara are the only team in New Zealand in association with the ABL. He didn’t show up for practice on Monday morning, so an affiliate went to go check up on Costello.
In a collective statement from the team, the Tuatara team was expressing their deepest condolences to the family of Ryan Costello. They were sure to name not only his family in the U.S. but also the entire Minnesota Twins organization. Also, in the statement, it says that they are offering support for all of the Tuatara players.
Minnesota Twins Prospect Dies While In New Zealand, He Was 23
Costello was a young prospect from Weathersfield, Connecticut. In 2017, the Seattle Mariners sought him during the 31st round of the draft. His positions were third base and outfield. The young prospect was also a Midwest League All-Star in 2018. It wasn’t long after the All-Star appearance that Costello and pitcher Chase De Jong were off to play with the Twins in exchange for pitcher Zach Duke. During the season, Costello was able to garner a three-run home run that was able to help his team, the Fort Myers Miracle, win the 2018 Florida State League Championship.
During the 2019 season, Costello was playing with the Single-A Fort Myers before leveling up to the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos.