Former Reno Aces pitcher Tyler Skaggs found dead at age 27

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Tyler Skaggs (Photo courtesy: Reno Aces)

Former Reno Aces pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who has pitched for the Los Angeles Angels this season, was found dead in his hotel room Monday morning during a road trip in Texas. He was 27 years old.

No reason for his death has been reported, although the Los Angeles Times reported no foul play was suspected after he was found unresponsive in his hotel room. The Angels' game against the Texas Rangers scheduled for Monday was postponed.

"It is with great sorrow that we report Tyler Skaggs passed away earlier today in Texas," an Angels statement said. "Tyler has, and always will be, an important part of the Angels Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with his entire family during this devastating time."

Skaggs pitched Saturday, tossing 4.1 innings innings at home against Oakland. He was 7-7 this year in 15 starts, recording a 4.29 ERA with 78 strikeouts in 79.2 innings.

A Los Angeles-area native, Skaggs was born in Woodland Hills. The Angels drafted him with the 40th pick of the 2009 draft and traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August 2010. The left-hander pitched for the Reno Aces in 2012, going 4-2 with a 2.91 ERA in nine starts. He made his major league debut that season before being traded back to the Angels after the 2013 season.

"We are heartbroken with this tragic news," the Arizona Diamondbacks said in a news release. "Tyler began his Major League career as a Diamondback and will always be remembered as a great teammate and wonderful young man. His family is on our thoughts and prayers during this challenging time."

The Reno Aces will hold a moment of silence for Skaggs during the annual 4th of July game on Thursday.

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