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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Evan Chambers Passes Away at Age 24

I received some very sad news this afternoon that Pittsburgh Pirates minor leaguer Evan Chambers has passed away at the age of 24. Around the same time I heard, several Pirates minor leaguers were expressing their condolences, which can be seen below. I’m not sure of the exact cause, although Phil Irwin tweeted that he died in his sleep over the weekend.

Professionally, Evan was drafted by the Pirates in the third round of the 2009 draft. He was considered a potential five tool talent when he was drafted, and spent the last four years in the Pirates’ system. He played between Bradenton and Altoona in 2012, and missed most of the 2013 season with a broken foot.

Personally, Evan was one of the nicest guys I’ve met. I can’t remember a time where I saw him and he was not smiling. That was even true when I saw him on an almost daily basis this past season during his slow recovery from his broken foot. Even with the injury and the lost season, he was as upbeat as ever.

This site is all about tracking players throughout the farm system, but the reality is that baseball is just entertainment and an escape from everyday life. There are far more important things, and sad news like this puts that all into perspective. The most important thing about Chambers wasn’t that he was athletic or that he had a lot of great tools on the baseball field. The most important thing was that he was a great person. It’s incredibly sad that the world lost such a great person at such a young age. Thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loves ones.

DONATIONS: The Chambers family has requested that donations be made in Evan’s name to the charity below in lieu of flowers.

Foundation for Dreams and Dream Oaks Camp
16110 Dream Oaks Place
Bradenton, FL 34212


On behalf of everyone at Pirates Prospects, I’ll be donating all of the advertising revenue generated from this article in Evan’s name.

Here are all of the sentiments expressed by members of the Pirates’ organization.

Neal Huntington:

“All of us at the Pittsburgh Pirates are shocked and saddened by Evan’s sudden passing in his sleep this past weekend.  Beyond being just a talented ballplayer, Evan was a great teammate and a quiet leader who went about his craft as a professional every day.  Off the field, Evan loved making a difference in the community, and often dedicated a lot of his time working with children in the communities in which he played.  Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers go out to his family for this unimaginable loss.  He was far too young.  He will be missed.”

Kyle Stark:

Evan Chambers was a good young man who was liked and respected by most everyone he met. He worked hard, treated people right, and made those around him better for knowing him. He represented himself, his family, and our organization very well – and ultimately was what we all aspire to be here – a PRO.












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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.


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The heartfelt comments from his present and former teammates showed that he was a great person. Truly sad news for the family and it sounds like all that knew him.


Wow, that’s terrible news. Only 24? Gives you some perspective on all the whining about contract moves, trades etc. Thoughts with his family, friends and teammates.


Very sad and shocking to hear…..puts things in proper perspective. Just a very sad thing to hear.


My sincerest condolences to the Chambers family. It was an amazing person, even moreso even than an athlete. Rest in peace Evan!


Unbelievable to need to talk about a 24 year old in the past tense. So sad. Thoughts and prayers to his family.

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