Luis Valbuena & Jose Castillo

Jake Locricchio



Former Major League Baseball infielders Luis Valbuena and José Castillo have been killed in a car crash in Venezuela. High speed led to the accident. The driver of the car lost control, hit a rock which caused the car to overturn.

“During his two seasons in Houston, Luis was an extremely popular player with his teammates and the Astros staff. He was a productive player on the field and played a key role in the Astros run to the postseason in 2015,” the statement reads. “Off the field, he was a warm and friendly presence to all who interacted with him.

“Jose’s time with the Astros was brief, but he also had a positive impact on those around him. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.”

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died on December 7, 2018. Rest in Peace.