The Cleveland Guardians released in a statement late Thursday night, December 16, 2021, that minor league catcher Andrés Meléndez, tragically and suddenly passed away at the age of 20.

The Cleveland Guardians are saddened to share Andrés Meléndez passed away suddenly this afternoon in Miami, FL. He was 20 years old. 

Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Andrésbegan his professional career in 2018 in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, spending two seasons between the Brewers’ Dominican Summer and Arizona League teams before being acquired by the Guardians in November 2019.  He spent the 2021 campaign at Low-A Lynchburg, appearing in 73 games.

Andrés is remembered by his teammates and friends as a positive, respectful, and thoughtful young man with a beautiful smile who had a profound impact on others.  He will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones, teammates and those that knew him. 

Cleveland Guardians official team statement

Several teammates and organization members took to social media on Thursday night to express their grief and thoughts remembering Andrés.

We offer our condolences and our thoughts and prayers are with Andrés family and friends at this time.

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