Former University of Miami star and eight-year minor league veteran Cesar Carrillo has received a 100-game suspension without pay for his violations of the minor league drug program, Major League Baseball announced in a press release Friday.
The 28-year-old Carrillo, a first-round pick by the Padres in 2005, has pitched for three organizations (and one independent team) in the past three seasons, finishing last year with six appearances at Double-A Erie in the Tigers system.
Carrillo’s name surfaced in an offseason Miami New Times report that linked him—and other former Hurricanes—with Biogenesis, a South Florida anti-aging clinic that reportedly sold performance-enhancing drugs to players.
Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal, a first-rounder out of Miami in 2010, tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone last fall and must sit out the first 50 games of 2013. Brewers MVP left fielder Ryan Braun, Carrillo’s college teammate and fellow ’05 first-rounder, had a 50-game suspension overturned early last year when an arbitration panel determined there had been a flaw in the sample-collection process.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Spots reports that Carrillo’s suspension on the heels of New Times report is no coincidence, writing “Baseball enjoys greater jurisdiction over minor leaguers like Carrillo than major leaguers who are protected by the players’ union. When MLB announces the suspension of a major leaguer, it details the nature of his offense.”
MLB supplied no direct violation in Carrillo’s case, which is significant because first-time offenders typically receive a 50-game suspension.