Updated Jul 2, 8:17 PM
| By Todderick Hunt
NJ.com – It could take months to figure out the reason for pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ death, medical examiners say, according to Yahoo Sports.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner told reporters it would begin its autopsy on Skaggs on Tuesday, but it wouldn’t be completed until October. According to USA Today, Skaggs’ family requested the medical examiner withhold the autopsy information until then.
However, examiners don’t believe his death was the result of a suicide, per The Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
“[I]n these early stages of the investigation, it does not appear at this time that suicide was the cause of death.”
During a road trip in Texas while in town for a four-game series against the Texas Rangers, Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room on July 1, causing shock throughout Major League Baseball. Read more.
Skaggs with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013
|Born: July 13, 1991
Woodland Hills, California
|Died: July 1, 2019 (aged 27)
|August 22, 2012, for the Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Last MLB appearance|
|June 29, 2019, for the Los Angeles Angels|
|Earned run average||4.41|
Tyler Wayne Skaggs (July 13, 1991 – July 1, 2019) was an American professional baseball starting pitcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels selected Skaggs in the first round of the 2009 MLB draft. After the Angels traded him to the Diamondbacks during the 2010 season, Skaggs made his MLB debut in 2012.
The Diamondbacks traded him back to the Angels during the 2013–2014 off-season, and he pitched for the team until 2019. Skaggs posted a career earned run average (ERA) of 4.41 and recorded 476 strikeouts and a win–loss record of 28 wins and 38 losses.
On July 1, 2019, Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas, where the Angels were visiting to play the Texas Rangers; the cause of death has yet to be determined.