Reds draft pick in critical, but stable condition following car accident

Mason Felt, a fifth-round pick of the Reds in June's draft, is in critical but stable condition following a Saturday morning auto accident, Reds director of media relations Rob Butcher confirmed. Felt was injured in south Texas after a one-car accident on Saturday morning, according to the San Angelo Standard-Times. Felt's father, Richard, was not wearing a seat belt and died on the scene.

Felt, 18, was driving on I-10 when his truck drifted onto the shoulder and off the road. He overcorrected, a dispatcher told the newspaper, and went over both lanes of traffic into the center median and overturned.

Felt, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to a local hospital.

A left-handed pitcher from Hoschton, Ga., Felt was the 172nd overall pick, bypassing his commitment to Oregon State to sign with the Reds. Felt's high school coach, Heath Kennedy, told the Gwinnett Daily Post that Felt had been in Arizona rehabbing his shoulder and was driving home with his father for the holidays.

Butcher wrote in an email that Felt's mother arrived at the hospital on Sunday. The Reds' development department and minor league medical staff have been in contact with the hospital, San Angelo Police Department and Mason’s mother.

Felt's father, Richard, was 51. He played in the Dodgers' system for five years in the 1980s, according to the Daily Post.

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