Former Palm Beach Cardinals pitcher killed in New Year's Eve crash

Derian Gonzalez, who spent minor league career with Cardinals organization, dead at 25
Derian Gonzalez, former Palm Beach Cardinals pitcher killed in crash
Posted at 11:49 AM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 11:49:01-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A minor league pitcher who once played for the Palm Beach Cardinals was killed in a New Year's Eve motorcycle crash in his native Venezuela.

Derian Gonzalez, who had been with the St. Louis Cardinals organization since 2012, died Thursday while traveling on a highway that links the western states of Zulia and Merida, Spanish-language media recently reported. He was 25 years old.

The Palm Beach Cardinals offered their "deepest sympathies" to his friends and family in a message posted Monday on Twitter.

Gonzalez spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the single-A Palm Beach Cardinals. He later played for the triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

The former Cardinals prospect missed the 2019 season with an injury and became a free agent in November.

Gonzalez, who was playing for the Lara Cardinals of the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League at the time of his death, finished his minor league career with a 3.51 ERA, 361 strikeouts and 155 walks through 366 2/3 innings.