The Padres were high rollers in 2008 when the international signing period opened on July 2, signing three 16-year-old players to bonuses of at least $1 million.
Now one of them–Dominican shortstop Alvaro Aristy–has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a metabolite of Nandrolone. The Padres gave Aristy $1 million last year.
Aristy, now 17, is the highest-profile prospect in the Dominican Summer League who has ever received a suspension after testing positive for steroids. When Aristy signed, international scouts said he was a glove-first player who had a ways to go at the plate. In 30 DSL games this summer, Aristy hit .183/.326/.279 with 22 walks, 35 strikeouts and five extra-base hits.
Major League Baseball also suspended five other DSL prospects (all pitchers) for 50 games for testing positive for steroids: Diamondbacks lefthander Jose Batista, Yankees lefthander Francis Moreta, Astros righthander Felix Ramirez, Cubs righthander Ramon Reyes and Mets righthander Derlin Soriano.
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