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Reds draft pick Mason Felt in critical condition, father dies after one-car accident

Mark Townsend
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(Perfectgame.org)

We have more unfortunate news to pass along on what has already been a sad Sunday here at Big League Stew.

The Cincinnati Reds have confirmed a Jennifer Rios report in the San Angelo Standard-Times that their 2012 fifth-round draft pick, Mason Felt, 18, was critically injured in a one-car accident on Saturday morning just outside of Ozona, Texas.

The accident happened a little after 10 a.m. on Interstate 10, according to Rios' report. Felt, who was driving his 2004 Ford F-150 truck, began drifting into the shoulder and then over corrected, causing him to cross over both lanes of traffic, and then flipped over.

He's now considered to be in critical but stable condition. Unfortunately, his father, Richard Lee Felt, 51, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

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As we noted, Mason Felt, a left-handed pitcher out of Hoschton, Ga., was the 172nd overall pick in this past June's amateur draft. He elected to sign with the Reds for $317,800, rather than attend Oregon State where he was headed on a baseball scholarship. As many aspiring baseball players do, he was following in the footsteps of his father, who spent five seasons in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization during the early '80s.

Our thoughts are with the Felt family at this time.

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