Ryan Costello: Minnesota Twins prospect found dead aged 23

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Costello, a Weathersfield, Conn. native, was picked by the Seattle Mariners in the 31st round of the 2017 draft.

Minnesota Twins prospect Ryan Costello, 23, was found dead in New Zealand of apparent natural causes. In their statement, the Twins extended "most honest condolences" to Costello's family, friends, coaches and teammates.

His body was discovered in his hotel room after he failed to show up for practice Monday. Costello was set to play in the Australian Baseball League this offseason and an announcement was made by his team, the Auckland Tuatara.

"We were very sad to learn the news about the passing of former Miracle infielder Ryan Costello this morning", Fort Myers said in a statement.

The Tuatara are expected to speak to media later today to address Costello's death. "On behalf of the entire organization, the Twins send their most honest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, coaches and teammates", the team said in a statement. We are deeply saddened and are in disbelief we loved him so much!

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The Mariners traded Costello and Chase De Jong to the Twins in July 2018 in exchange for pitcher Zach Duke and cash.

On the Tuatara team's * a href="https://www.facebook.com/aucklandtuatara/?tn-str=k*F" *Facebook page, Mike Harrison wrote: "On behalf of his family here at home thank you for everyone who got to meet him there he said it was attractive and the people were so nice!"

His ABL team also released a statement.

That September, he hit a three-run homer to help Class A Fort Myers win the 2018 Florida State League title with an 8-5 victory over Daytona. The entire Twins organization sends our most honest condolences to Ryan's family, friends, coaches, and teammates.

Costello's career totals in the minors include a.256 batting average with 43 home runs and 163 RBIs in 280 games.

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