Alex Colome, the Rays’ No. 5 prospect, has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance. The 25-year-old righthander tested positive for the anabolic steroid boldenone, according to a release from the commissioner’s office.
Colome made three starts for Tampa Bay last season but spent the majority of 2013 at Triple-A Durham, going 4-6, 3.07 in 14 starts with 72 strikeouts in 70 innings. He made his major league debut at midseason but missed the latter part of the year with an elbow strain.
When healthy, Colome has a fastball in the 93-95 mph range and can touch 97 with sinking action. He also mixes in a tight power curveball and a hard slider.
Colome is the second major leaguer suspended in 2014 under the joint drug agreement, following Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who was banned for the 2014 season.