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Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen dies of bacterial meningitis

Apr 16, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

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Sad news out of the Dominican Republic.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals prospect shortstop Yewri Guillen, who played and lived at the team’s baseball academy in the Dominican Republic, died yesterday morning of bacterial meningitis. He was just 18 years old.

According to Nationals’ academy administrator Fausto Severino, Guillen started feeling ill at the complex last week and was sent home at his request to see a doctor of his choice. He was hospitalized over the weekend and died in the hospital Friday.

“He was a young kid with a lot of future and had a lot of talent,” Severino said. “It’s a young life other than being a baseball player. He was a happy kid all the time. He was a great kid. He was upbeat. He was a kid from a humble family but with great spirits. He was a kid everybody liked.”

The Nationals signed Guillen in February and had plans for him to play for one of their minor league affiliates in the United States this season.

It’s not yet known how Guillen contracted the illness. The Nationals have been in touch with other players who live and play at their complex and fortunately none have reported any health concerns.

  1. raysfan1 - Apr 16, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    170,000 people die in the world each year from bacterial meningitis. I’ve seen children in the Dominican Republic dying of forms of bacterial meningitis that could have been prevented with vaccines.
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    My condolences to this young man’s family.

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