Wilson Ramos, the catcher for the Washington Nationals baseball team, has been kidnapped by armed men from his home in Venezuela.
Ramos, 24, was abducted and taken away Wednesday evening in an SUV by four men in Santa Ines, in central Carabobo, according to a Twitter post made by a Katherine Vilera, a spokesman for Ramos’ Venezuelan League team, the Aragua Tigers.
“This is sad, worrisome and true that Wilson Ramos has been kidnapped,” Vilera wrote.
According to Vilera, Ramos was taken at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday from his home, which is approximately 95 miles west of the Venezuala’s capital city of Caracas.
An unidentified source close to the Ramos family told The Associated Press that his father and brothers were also home when several men “entered the house and took him away.”
“As of this hour, there has been no contact” between the kidnappers and Ramos’ family, the person told The AP.
The Washington Nationals have yet to make a statement confirming the kidnapping, but have posted an article about it on their website.
Ramos is considered a major up-and-coming young player in the league. In 2011 as a rookie he hit .267 with 15 home runs and 52 RBIs in 113 games. He also threw out 19 of 67 runners attempting to steal a base, a 28 percent success rate.
Venezuela is home to a dozen major league baseball players. Families of wealthy athletes in the country have been targeted in the past by kidnappers hoping to gain a quick and hefty ransom. In 2009 the 56-year-old mother of retired player Victor Zambrano was rescued after a three-day kidnapping ordeal.