Detailing String Of Recent Minor League Drug Suspensions

The minor league regular season may be over, but the commissioner's office has been busy this week handing out suspensions to minor league players that will take effect in 2013.

Sept. 6

Cardinals third baseman/corner outfielder Alan Ahmady will sit out 50 games without pay following a second violation for what the joint drug agreement deems a drug of abuse. The ’09 11th-round pick from Fresno State batted .295/.386/.445 in 254 at-bats for high Class A Palm Beach this season. The 24-year-old spent the first half of August with Double-A Springfield before returning to the Florida State League on Aug. 18. He's been suspended once before for amphetamine use.

Giants catcher Leo Rojas tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone and must serve a 50-game suspension. The 22-year-old signed out of the 15th round of this year's draft (Miami Dade JC) and hit .239/.321/.348 in 46 at-bats in the Rookie-level Arizona League.

Sept. 5

A pair of Dominican Summer League teens flunked tests for metabolites of Stanozolol that netted 50-game suspensions: Blue Jays righthander Jose Brito and Mets right fielder Hengelbert Rojas.

Sept. 4

Orioles lefthander Kevin Grendell, an 11th-rounder this year out of high school in Escondido, Calif., tested positive for Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to earn a 50-game suspension. The 19-year-old made seven starts in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League this summer and went 0-4, 7.27 while striking out 29 in 17 1/3 innings and allowing 17 hits and 11 walks.

Righthander Ysmael Carmona (whom the Angels released on June 21) and lefty Yancarlos Santiago (who made 15 appearances for the Angels' Rookie-level Orem club this season) have been suspended for 25 games without pay following a "violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program." Carmona spent the entire 2011 season on Los Angeles' 40-man roster but did not pitch at any level because of injury.