Giants Prospects Injured In Arizona Crash

Five minor leaguers from the San Francisco Giants organization appear to have escaped serious harm following a collision in Scottsdale, Arizona.  While early reports suggested one of the athletes incurred life-threatening injuries, updates from have confirmed that the players involved escaped relatively unscathed, and are “resting comfortably” at the team’s hotel.

The players were passengers in a team van which collided with another vehicle around 8am this morning.  The 41-year-old driver of the van was to be cited for a traffic infraction.

Among the 11 passengers in the vehicle were Giants farmhands Bryce Bandilla, Adalberto Mejia, Dan Slania, Jeff Soptic and Kelby Tomlinson, along with team personnel and the driver.

Bandilla was drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft from University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), while Slania was picked by the team in the 5th round of the 2013 Draft from University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN). Soptic is a former 3rd rounder from the 2011 Draft from Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, KS) and Tomlinson was picked in the 12th round of the 2011 Draft from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX).

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