Reds low Class A righthander Daniel Tuttle joins rare company following his third violation of the minor league drug program. He tested positive a third time for a “drug of abuse,” triggering a 100-game suspension without pay based on his previous offenses.
Major League Baseball previously suspended Tuttle for 50 games in July 2011 following his second failed drug test. First-time offenders receive no suspension.
The 22-year-old Tuttle, whom the Reds signed out of Randleman (N.C.) High in the fifth round of the 2009 draft, made eight starts for low Class A Dayton last season but had not appeared in a game in 2013. He owns a 4.13 career ERA over parts of four pro seasons, all in the low minors.