38 Suspended For Steroids

The steroid scandal that dominated baseball headlines during the
offseason and spring reached down into the minor leagues Monday, as
Major League Baseball announced 38 suspensions from drug tests for
minor leaguers.

And there likely will be more to come. These results were generated
by 925 tests in spring camps in Arizona and include one player
suspended for offseason testing. Test results from spring camps in
Florida have yet to be made public. Thirty-seven of the suspensions
were for 15 days; Athletics catcher David Castillo received a 60-day
suspension as a repeat offender. Under MLB’™s guidelines, a player is
suspended for 60 days for a third steroids violation.

The top prospect on the list is A’™s outfielder Javi Herrera, who
ranked third on Oakland’™s Top 10 Prospects list and No. 68 on BA’™s Top
100 prospects list. He hit .331-12-47 with 23 stolen bases for
short-season Vancouver last year and was the Northwest League’™s MVP. He
was one of five A’™s suspended,

Other recognizable names on the list include former big league
lefthander Damian Moss and big league catcher Robert Machado. Also
suspended was catcher Ryan Christensen, a 1999 first-round pick. Eight
Mariners were suspended, as were seven Cubs, including infielder Matt
Craig, the organization’™s No. 26 prospect, and lefthander Carlos
Vasquez, a former member of the 40-man roster.

“We’ve tested players internally for years and tried to do our best
to educate players on performing enhancing drugs for years,” Mariners
vice president of player development and scouting Benny Looper said.
“But it comes down to the individual responsibility to follow through.
We are extremely disappointed with our players who have been suspended.
While we support those players, we also support the efforts of Major
League Baseball to rid baseball of performing enhancing drugs.

“With the new (policy) of releasing names publicly, it should serve
as a deterrent not only among players today, but for years to come.”

Five Angels players were suspended, including first baseman Baltazar
Lopez, the organization’™s No. 12 prospect. Five Rangers also were
suspended, with three of the five released in spring training. The
organization’™s director of minor league operations, John Lombardo,
declined comment on the suspensions.

Cardinals outfielder Sal Frisella was presumably the player
suspended for an offseason positive test, as he was the one player from
a team with a Florida-based spring training home who was suspended.


The 38 suspended players:

Player, Position

Organization

2004 Statistics

Elvis Avendano, rhp

Athletics

7-4, 2.95 (Modesto)

Lizahio Baez, of

Rangers

.262-4-10 (Spokane)

Oscar Bernard, c

Cubs

.250-2-12 (Boise)

David Cash, rhp

Cubs

1-0, 1.59 (Iowa)

David Castillo, c

Athletics

.246-9-59 (Kane County)

Troy Cate, lhp

Mariners

2-5, 6.35 (San Antonio), 3-0, 2.61 (Inland Empire)

Robinson Chirinos, 2b

Cubs

.241-7-39 (Lansing)

Ryan Christianson, c

Mariners

.280-1-13 (San Antonio), .258-6-24 (Tacoma)

Willie Collazo, lhp

Angels

6-10, 4.56 (Arkansas)

Francisco Cordova, rhp

Angels

2-5, 5.37 (Provo)

Renee Cortez, rhp

Mariners

2-5, 4.44 (San Antonio)

Matt Craig, 3b

Cubs

.275-20-62 (West Tenn)

Jason DiAngelo, rhp

Rockies

0-0, 3.86 (Visalia), 1-7, 3.78 (Asheville)

Jose Espinal, rhp

White Sox

8-2, 3.48 (Winston-Salem)

*Willy Espinal, rhp

Rangers

1-0, 4.30 (Spokane)

Omar Falcon, c

Mariners

.222-5-24 (Everett)

*Alex Francisco, rhp

Angels

DNP

Sal Frisella, of

Cardinals

.263-5-26 (Peoria)

Jesus Guzman, 3b

Mariners

.310-6-71 (Inland Empire)

Justin Hatcher, c

Rangers

.289-3-29 (Clinton), .333-0-0 (Oklahoma)

Clay Hensley, rhp

Padres

11-10, 4.30 (Mobile)

Javier Herrera, of

Athletics

.331-12-47 (Vancouver)

Billy Hogan, 3b

Mariners

.164-0-6 (Fort Wayne), .236-3-22 (Eugene)

Kervin Jacobo, 3b

Padres

.241-11-55 (Lake Elsinore)

Ryan Leahy, ss

Angels

.305-0-8 (Provo), .266-1-4 (Cedar Rapids)

Baltazar Lopez, 1b

Angels

.314-9-35 (Cedar Rapids)

*Robert Machado, c

Rangers

.317-3-20 (Ottawa), .151-1-3 (Baltimore)

*Jesus Medrano, 2b

Cubs

.251-3-19 (Portland), .235-1-5 (Pawtucket)

*Jacobo Meque, lhp

Padres

1-1, 4.56 (Billings)

Damian Moss, lhp

Mariners

0-1, 16.88 (Tampa Bay), 5-9, 5.87 (Durham)

Luis Perez, of

Athletics

.271-4-41 (Kane County)

*Kevin Reinking, c

Cubs

.171-3-8 (Visalia), .223-3-18 (Burlington)

*Chris Russ, rhp

Rangers

0-0, 0.00 (Palm Beach)

*Mayobanex Santana, 3b

Athletics

.219-1-9 (Lancaster), .309-1-18 (Modesto)

Nathan Sevier, rhp

Padres

0-0, 3.10 (Lake Elsinore), 0-0, 1.47 (Mobile)

*Darwin Soto, rhp

Mariners

4-4, 3.21 (Mariners)

Carlos Vasquez, lhp

Cubs

6-5, 3.87 (Daytona)

Neil Wilson, c

Rockies

.240-7-48 (Asheville)

*player was released during spring training

Minors | #2005 #Prospect Bulletin

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