Brad Halsey, a former Yankees and Long Island Ducks pitcher, died Tuesday, according to a tweet by his agency, O'Connell Sports. He was 33.
Halsey died in a recreational climbing accident near his Texas home, according to USA Today, citing a person close to Halsey's family.
Halsey, a Texas native, pitched three seasons in the majors for the Yankees, Diamondbacks and Athletics. He was selected by the Yankees in the eighth round of the 2002 amateur draft and debuted in the Bronx in 2004 at age 23. Halsey was the starter for the Yankees' game against Boston on July 1, 2004, that featured Derek Jeter's iconic dive into the stands on the third-base line after pursuing and catching a pop-up.
Halsey was traded with Dioner Navarro, Javier Vazquez and cash to the Diamondbacks on Jan. 11, 2005, for Randy Johnson.
In three seasons, Halsey was 14-19 in 88 games (40 starts) with a 4.84 ERA.
He pitched for the Ducks in the Atlantic League in 2009, going 3-5 with a 5.86 ERA in 11 games (all starts). His last recorded appearance in pro ball was with the Yankees' Double-A Trenton affilliate in 2011.