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Astros prospect Dustin Kellogg killed in auto accident

Oct 4, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT


18-year-old Dustin Kellogg, a 34th-round pick of the Astros in the 2011 draft, was killed late Monday in a collision outside Houston, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported.

Kellogg, driving a pickup truck, was killed in his hometown of Conroe when he collided head-on with a Wal-Mart 18-wheeler. The DPS said the freight truck driver was not injured in the crash. Kellogg was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was a promising young right-hander who made it definitely known he wanted to  go out and pitch for his hometown team,” Astros assistant GM Bobby Heck said Tuesday.

Kellogg was 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in 6 1/3 innings for the GCL Astros in his pro debut.

“We are deeply saddened by the news of Dustin’s passing,” GM Ed Wade said. “Although he had only been an Astros player for a short time, we share the pain of his family. Our prayers go out to Dustin’s loved ones.”

  1. ThisIsBaseball - Oct 4, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    I offer my prayers and condolences to his family. What a tragic loss.

  2. foreverchipper10 - Oct 4, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    Only 18 years old…so tragic. I feel for the family.

  3. firedude7160 - Oct 4, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Far to young to be taken from us

  4. pisano - Oct 5, 2011 at 1:07 AM

    I hate to hear stories about the young leaving this earth so early. God rest his soul, and my condolences to his family and friends. What a tragic loss.

  5. titknocker - Oct 5, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    18 & so much life to live. my condolences to his family & friends.

  6. Panda Claus - Oct 5, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    A terrible end to an already difficult year for the Astros, their players and fans. Condolences to all.

  7. leerosenthall - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:50 AM

    Terrible news. Rest in peace, Dustin.

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