Tyler Skaggs was an American left-handed professional baseball starting pitcher. He had played for the MLB team Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels until his death in 2019. However, he was initially selected for the Angels in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft and later traded to the Diamondbacks.
Furthermore, police found him unresponsive in his Texas hotel room on 1 July 2019 at the age of 27. His death occurred just before his tea scheduled to play a four-game series against the Rangers at the time. During the time, police didn’t suspect foul play or suicide. But the autopsy report ruled his death due to an overdose of drug use. Let us scroll over to know more information on him.
Caption: The late professional baseball player, Tyler Skaggs.
Tyler Skaggs: Career, Family, & Education
The athlete was born on 13 July 1991 as Tyler Wayne Skaggs in Woodland Hills, California, the US. He was born as the son of his parents Debbie and Darnell. His mother had also played a longtime head softball coach while his father played as a shortstop in his high school baseball team.
Additionally, his step-father Dan Ramos played college baseball too. Regarding his education, he attended Santa Monica High School where he played three sports: baseball, basketball, and football. After graduating from Santa Monica High School, he became a supplemental first-round selection for the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.
His pro-career after trading to Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for three-time All-Star pitcher Dan Haren. On 21 August 2012, he had his first game with the Diamondbacks against Miami Marlins. After playing the 2013 season MLB game, he returned to the Los Angeles Angels in December 2013. He then played with the team until his death on 1 July 2019.
In April 2019, he had sprained his left ankle in the fourth inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs. However, he insisted to play the game but couldn’t continue, therefore, placed on the injured list.
Tyler Skaggs: Personal Life & Girlfriend
Coming over to his personal life, he had tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Carli Miles. After marriage, his wife adopted the husband’s surname Skaggs. The duo had married in 2019 after he proposed to his wife in 2017 in Bora Bora following the conclusion of the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Before the death of the player, the duo had spent quality time together whenever they could and traveled to beaches. After the death of Tyler, his wife founded a non-profit in honor of her husband in 2019 focusing on empowering the youth through sports.
Caption: Tyler Skaggs and his wife Carli Miles.
Skaggs’ Death & Aftermath:
Unfortunately, he was found unresponsive in his hotel room on 1 July 2019 in his hotel room in Southlake, Texas. His death was ruled by overdosing on fentanyl overdose. According to investigation reports, they discovered a number of pills in Skaggs’s hotel room, including a 30 mg oxycodone pill, additional 5 mg oxycodone pills, several anti-inflammatories, as well as white powder on the floor.
Following the result of the autopsy, his family hired Texas attorney Rusty Hardin to investigate the circumstances surrounding his death. Likewise, they filed a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit on 29 June 2021 against Eric Kay, the Angels, and former Angels vice president of communications Tim Mead. Before that, in 2019, the lawsuit accused the team of letting Kay, who had a history of substance misuse, “unrestricted access” to members of the Angels.
However, Kay’s trial had been postponed several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After three years, on 8 February 2022, the trial began where Skagg’s teammates Matt, Mike, and Bedrosian gave testimony against Kay providing oxycodone pills. Also, his teammate Harvey added that Eric had provided Skaggs with Percocet pills on several occasions.
Kay was found guilty on two counts in connection with Skaggs’ death on February 17th: distribution of controlled narcotics resulting in death and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances. His sentence is set to verdict on 28 June 2022 and might face a minimum of 20 years in federal prison.
Tyler Skaggs’ Earning & Net Worth:
He surely had earned a hefty amount of money from his professional baseball starting pitcher in the MLB. Since 2012, he had played with the Los Angeles Angels 2012 until his death in 2019.
He had an estimated net worth of above $8 million made throughout his career as an athlete. He might have purchased a few properties including his house worth around $1 million.
Tyler Skaggs: Social Media Profiles & Body Measurements
Even after his demise, his Instagram account @tskaggs45 with 46.3k followers has not been removed. On Twitter, we can see an unverified account @tylerskaggs37 with 32.4k followers. Also, there is an Instagram account under the name Tyler Skaggs Foundation @tylerskaggsfoundation45 with more than 2.8k followers.
He had a strong and well-maintained body that stood to a height of 6 feet 4 inches or 1.93 meters. His body weighed around 102 kg with unknown body measurements of chest, waist, or biceps respectively. He had black hair color and dark brown eyes color.