Dominican lefthander Erick Hurtado agreed to a deal with the Cardinals last month, but now that deal is off after he tested positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid commonly sold as Winstrol and frequently used by amateur players in Latin America.
Hurtado, a 17-year-old from Santo Domingo, received a 50-game suspension from MLB, which will begin if and when he signs a contract, since he's now a free agent, according to a press release from MLB. Hurtado, who is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, was throwing around 86-88 mph last year around July 2, but his velocity was up to the 88-91 mph range before he signed. Trainers in the Dominican Republic are often known by only one name or a nickname, and sources could only identify Hurtado's trainer as a man named Lucas.
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