An MLB prospect fell to the ground after being hit by a pitch during a minor league game.
The New York Mets’ top prospect, Luisangel Acuna, 21, was hit in the head and had to leave the game.
Venezuelan shortstop sensation Acuna is the Mets’ top prospect and plays for the MLB team’s Double-A Binghampton Rumble Ponies.
At Tuesday evening, The 21-year-old was drilled in the face by a pitch in the sixth inning of the Rumble Ponies’ first playoff game against the New York Yankees’ Somerset Patriots.
With a runner on top, right-handed pitcher Zach Messiner hit Acuna on the first pitch of his at-bat.
Fans gasped as they saw the top contender’s brutal injury.
Acuna would fall near home plate and be attended to by the coaching and training staff.
He then left the field under his own power along with bench coach Mariano Duncan and a trainer who held a towel in the candidate’s face.
According to MILB reporter Conor FoleyAcuna “looked like he was bleeding.”
Acuna was replaced by Mateo Gil, who started as a pinch runner.
Binghamton would beat Somerset 9-2 in the first game of their playoff series.
Acuna finished the game 0-3.
There is still no update on the 21-year-old’s injury status.
The Mets acquired Acuna from the Texas Rangers before the trade deadline for star Max Scherzer.
Luisangel is the younger brother of Atlanta Braves star Ronald Acuna.