The Springfield Lucky Horseshoes are devastated to announce the passing of pitcher Lucas Otto early Thursday morning. He was 20.

The Arthur, Illinois native who spent time over two seasons with Springfield was the light and joy of the clubhouse, and always had a smile on his face.

“Lucas was a beloved teammate, friend, and son. Lucas was always described as a kind soul who loved being around his teammates and the ballpark. The ‘Shoes and the entire city of Springfield are mourning his loss,” said Lucky Horseshoes Co-Owner Jamie Toole.

Our hearts are with Otto’s family and friends during this unimaginable time.

Tonight’s scheduled ‘Shoes game at Quincy will not be played as scheduled.