Josh Sale, Marcus Stroman To Serve 50-Game Suspensions

Less than a week after the commissioner's office announced the penalty for Rays prospect Ryan Brett's failed drug test, the league handed out three more 50-game suspensions, two of them to prospects selected in the first round of recent drafts.

• Rays minor league left fielder Josh Sale, a teammate of Brett's with low Class A Bowling Green, tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine, the same substances that triggered Brett's failed test. The 21-year-old Sale bashed six home runs in May, but he had cooled in the second half (.737 OPS), dragging his season line to .264/.391/.464 with 10 homers in 239 at-bats. The Rays selected him out of a Seattle high school with the 17th pick in the 2010 draft.

• The second of two Blue Jays first-round picks in June, righthander Marcus Stroman tested positive for the stimulant Methylhexaneamine. The former Duke standout and 22nd overall draft pick signed on July 3 and advanced to Double-A New Hampshire a month later after a brief stopover in the short-season Northwest League. In 15 pro relief appearances he had struck out 23, walked nine and allowed 16 hits (including one homer) in 19 1/3 innings.

• Royals minor league first baseman Mark Donato tested positive for an amphetamine. A 26th-round pick from Indian River (Fla.) JC in June, he batted .253/.305/.435 with three homers in 154 at-bats in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

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