Giants third baseman Nathanael Javier, who signed for $475,000 last year on July 2 out of the Dominican Republic, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for Stanozolol, an anabolic steroid commonly sold as Winstrol.
Javier, 17, was San Francisco’s second-most expensive international signing last year after Dominican outfielder Gustavo Cabrera ($1.3 million). Javier was not among Baseball America’s Top 20 international prospects last year and struggled this past season in the Dominican Summer League, where he hit .229/.276/.326 in 56 games. As an amateur, Javier had shown flashes of raw power but with inconsistent hitting in game situations and a big frame that some scouts felt would lead him to move off third base.
Javier was signed from Basilio Vizcaino, the prominent Dominican trainer known as “Cachaza.” His older brother, Sony Javier, had spent three years with the DSL Blue Jays before getting released, then spent 2013 with the DSL Marlins.