Mariners’ Blash, Austin Suspended

See also: 2014 Drug Suspensions

Major League Baseball on Friday said Mariners outfielders Jabari Blash, their No. 19 prospect entering the season, and Jamal Austin have been suspended 50 games each following second positive tests for a drug of abuse.

Blash, an eight-round pick from Miami Dade junior college in 2010, was slashing .210/.312/.481 at Triple-A Tacoma following a breakout 2013. He’s raw but extremely athletic and has the kind of tools scouts dream on with a plus arm and power.

Blash, who’ll be 25 on July 4 and profiles as a right fielder, is not on Seattle’s 40-man roster.

Austin, 23, was a 13th-round pick out of Alabama-Birmingham in 2011. He’s just 5-foot-9 but physical at 170 pounds, is a plus runner and basestealer, and he makes consistent contact. He’s slashing .262/.305/.340 at Double-A Jackson.