Taylor Guerrieri, the Rays’ first-round pick in 2011, has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball after twice testing positive for a drug of abuse.
Guerrieri was considered one of the top arms in the 2011 draft and a potential top 10 pick based purely on talent, but he fell to the 24th pick because many teams had concerns about his makeup.
Guerrieri is currently rehabbing after having Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow in late July. Because of how the rules of MLB suspensions work, Guerrieri will be able to serve his suspension during his injury rehabilitation and will likely miss no actual games because of the suspension.
Guerreri’s suspension gives the Rays a streak that no team would want to have. The Rays’ first-round picks in 2008 (Tim Beckham), 2010 (Josh Sale) and 2011 (Guerreri) have all been suspended after testing positive for drugs of abuse. Ryan Brett, the Rays’ 2010 third-round pick, also was suspended for drugs of abuse.