Three members of the Braves' high Class A Myrtle Beach affiliate have been suspended for 50 games, according to a press release issued today by Major League Baseball. Each player tested positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance. With their 13-28 record, the Pelicans currently reside in last place in the Carolina League's Southern Division. The three players in question:
• Second baseman Yoel Campusano, 23, was batting .192/.293/.300 through 130 at-bats, showing a patient approach (19 walks) but little power. He signed with Braves out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in November 2005.
• Corner outfielder/first baseman Geraldo Rodriguez, 22, has the opposite profile: big-time power, little patience. He was batting .239/.290/.472 with eight home runs and eight doubles, but his total of 65 strikeouts leads the minors. Like Campusano, he's a native of Santo Domingo, but he signed with Atlanta in February 2008 after drawing his release from the Yankees.
• Shortstop Amadeo Zazueta, 24, signed with the organization in November. The native of Culiacan, Mexico, was batting .163/.189/.272 in 92 at-bats in his return to affiliated ball. He played in the independent leagues in each of the past two seasons after his release from the Astros.
Nobody at Baseball America can recall a time when three players from one domestic minor league club had all simultaneously received suspensions. Campusano and Rodriguez appeared on the Braves' organizational depth chart in our 2010 Prospect Handbook, though they did not rank among the system's top 30 prospects.
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