Yankees Righthander Suspended 50 Games




Major League Baseball has suspended Daniel McCutchen, the Yankees 13th-round pick in the 2006 draft, for 50 games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs.

McCutchen was the ace of Oklahoma's team this year, going 10-8, 4.06. He turned down the Yankees as a 47th-round pick out of Grayson County (Texas) Community College in 2003, the Devil Rays as a 29th-rounder in 2004 and the Cardinals as a 12th-rounder in 2005 before he finally agreed to terms with New York as a 13th-round pick in June.

The 23-year-old righthander pitched twice in the regionals this spring, totaling 14 innings, then came back to pitch a complete game in the super-regional against Rice, allowing nine hits, striking out nine and walking one.

After signing with the Yankees, McCutchen started his pro career at short-season Staten Island, going 1-0, 1.13 with 11 strikeouts in eight innings. He was then promoted to low Class A Charleston where he was 1-0, 2.14 with an 18-5 strikeout-walk ratio in 21 innings, all out of the bullpen.