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Former Mets minor leaguer Matt Pobereyko dies suddenly at 31 at his off-season home

Longtime minor league pitcher Matt Pobreko, who recently became a top hurler in Mexico, died suddenly near Chicago, officials and shocked loved ones said Monday.

Poberenko was 31 years old.

Poberenko was in his apartment, a West a Chicagoland suburb when he collapsed on Friday and was later found by his girlfriend, Daniel Poberenko, the pitcher’s brother, told NBC News on Monday.

A spokesman for the DuPage County Coroner’s Office said the death on Ferry Road in Warrenville is still “pending further investigation”. The spokeswoman said it would take 7 1/2 weeks to determine a formal cause of death.

Daniel Poberenko said the pitcher was in good health and his death was a great shock to his loved ones.

The grieving brother said, “He just fell and that’s all we know.” “We don’t know. Nothing is outstanding at the autopsy. But I figure if he had a pulse, he would have gotten a clean bill of health.”

Poberenko’s parents came to visit him earlier in the week and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.

“For what we know now, there’s really no clue,” said Daniel Poberenko. “They saw him earlier in the week and he seemed absolutely fine.”

Pobereco’s team first announced the pitcher’s death on Saturday.

“We report the unfortunate news of Matt Poberenko’s death due to a heart attack,” the statement said. Saraperos de Saltillo,

The team placed a wreath on the pitcher’s mound at Kuroda Park in Guasave and wrote the number 56 in chalk. The memorial included a handwritten message: “Thank you for giving me so much joy.”

The Hammond, Indiana, originally played in college for Kentucky Wesleyan before embarking on a minor league career that included stops in the New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks and Miami Marlins organizations.

He made it as high as the Mets Triple-A team in Las Vegas in 2018.

In recent years, much of Pobereco’s work came in the independent and Mexican leagues.

“He was an incredible partner and fierce competitor, but also a good person,” according to A. St. Paul’s Confessions by the SaintsWhere Poberenko pitched in 2020.

Last winter, Pobreko pitched for the Algodoneros de Guasave and led the league with strikeouts while fanning 73 batters in 70 1/3 innings.

His last competitive game earlier this month was pitching for Mexico in the Caribbean World Series in Venezuela.

Even at the baseball-advanced age of 31, Poberenko still had dreams of playing at a higher level, perhaps in Asia if he could not make it back to the big leagues.

Daniel Poberenko said, “He had his eyes on the Asian markets as he threw really well in Mexico so he was least expecting it.” “He still had really good stuff, and he was about to pitch as long as he did.”

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