The slow development of Orioles minor league catcher Michael Ohlman has hit another speed bump. The 21-year-old drew a 50-game suspension after he violated the minor league drug and prevention program by twice testing positive for a so-called drug of abuse.
Ohlman began the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a shoulder injury he sustained in a car accident during spring training. He spent last season with low Class A Delmarva and batted .224/.320/.307 with four homers in 375 at-bats.
The Orioles spent $995,000 to buy Ohlman out of a Miami commitment, betting on his power potential while hoping his athleticism would enable him to stay behind the plate even at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds. He hasn't delivered on that promise as a professional—he carries a .613 OPS through 744 plate appearances in the low minors—and now he'll be out until at least June while he serves his suspension.
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