Diamondbacks Double-A righthander Eric Smith, a second-round selection from Rhode Island in 2009, received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second violation for a drug of abuse. Major League Baseball made the announcement today.
Arizona added the 24-year-old Smith to its 40-man roster last November to shield him from the Rule 5 draft, but he made no major league appearances prior to being outrighted off the roster in June. The sinker/slider righty made 33 appearances (one start) for Double-A Mobile this season, logging a 7.11 ERA in 38 innings with 6.4 strikeouts and 5.0 walks per nine innings.
MLB also announced 50-game suspensions for a trio of Dominican Summer League players—Pirates righthander Delvin Hiciano, Indians shortstop Rubiel Martinez and Yankees lefthander Anderson Severino—who tested positive for “metabolites of Stanozolol.”