After a thorough investigation, there has been an arrest made in the case of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ overdose.
It has been one year, one month, and six days since Tyler Skaggs died in a Texas hotel room. His loss was devastating to the whole baseball community.
Skaggs, 27, was found dead in his hotel room after choking on his own vomit in his sleep. There was a mixture of alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system, which lead to the vomiting. His BAC was 0.122% and there were a fair amount of painkillers in his system when he died.
Earlier today, Eric Kay, a former director of communications for the Los Angeles Angels, has been charged by the Drug Enforcement Agency. He is being charged for illegally supplying drugs to Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs and illegally possessing with an intent to distribute a substance containing a high amount of fentanyl, a controlled substance.
Kay was arrested in Texas and made his first appearance in federal court on Friday. There was evidence of him agreeing to deliver pills to Skaggs in his hotel room the day before he was pronounced dead.
The Los Angeles Angels have fully cooperated with Law Enforcement and Major League Baseball through these investigations. The team announced that they have hired a former federal prosecutor to conduct an independent investigation.
The team just wants to make sure that nobody in management or the front office knew about Skaggs’ opioid use or the dealing of opioids by Kay to Skaggs.
If convicted, Kay could face up to 20 years in prison. An attorney has yet to speak on his behalf.
In 2009, the Angels drafted Skaggs in the first round of the 2009 Major League Baseball draft. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a package for starter Dan Haren in 2010.
In 2012, Skaggs debuted in 2012 for the Diamondbacks when he was just 20 years old. He played two seasons in Arizona and then was traded back to the Angels. He started in 18 games in 2014, but then missed 2015 due to Tommy John surgery.
In 2016, he returned to the Angels’ rotation. From 2016 to his final season in 2019, Skaggs started 65 games had a 4.24 ERA with a 20-27 record. His career record was 28-38 through 96 starts.
Tyler Skaggs left behind his beloved wife Carli and mother Debbie.