Former Mets Minor League Pitcher Matt Pobereyko Dead At 31

Matt Pobereyko, who pitched for the Mets’ minor league system in addition to a wide range of groups all through his profession, has died. He was 31.

The Mexican Pacific League, the place Pobereyko just lately pitched, confirmed his death in a tweet over the weekend.

On Feb. 25, Pobereyko’s girlfriend discovered him “unresponsive on his kitchen floor” in his dwelling close to Chicago, Warrenville Police Chief Sam Bonilla mentioned in an announcement to NBC Information.

Pobereyko was pronounced lifeless on the scene. Bonilla added that police didn’t discover any “suspicious circumstances” and that an post-mortem report “did not reveal anything further.”

Pobereyko pitches towards Curacao throughout a Caribbean Collection baseball recreation in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 3, 2023.

The pitcher’s brother, Daniel Pobereyko, instructed NBC on Monday that the 31-year-old’s sudden dying got here as a shock to his household — and that he had “seemed to be perfectly fine” once they noticed one another earlier within the week.

“He just dropped, and that’s all we know,” Daniel Pobereyko mentioned. “We don’t know. There’s nothing outstanding on the autopsy. But from what I understand, he would have gotten a clean bill of health if he had a pulse.”

The DuPage County Coroner’s Workplace instructed NBC that an official explanation for dying gained’t be decided for about eight extra weeks.

Pobereyko started his baseball profession as a student-athlete at Kentucky Wesleyan School earlier than becoming a member of Minor League Baseball in 2016. He pitched within the Mets minor league system in 2017 and 2018, per Sports activities Illustrated. He additionally hung out within the Marlins and Diamondbacks organizations.

“We mourn the loss of Matt Pobereyko,” the Sioux Metropolis Explorers, an unbiased league staff, tweeted. “A great baseball player and an even better person. RIP Pobo.”

The St. Paul Saints Baseball Membership additionally honored him on Twitter over the weekend.

“He was an incredible teammate and fierce competitor, but an even nicer person,” the staff mentioned. “He will be missed by all that knew him.”