Minor League Drug Suspensions 2015

Bookmark this page to keep up with all the drug suspensions--as they’re announced by the commissioner’s office--handed out to domestic minor league players in 2015. Positive tests for performance-enhancers, recreational drugs (a.k.a. drugs of abuse) and stimulants count as violations of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

Dec. 23

• Twins C Kerby Camacho
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Suspension Length: 60 games
Violating Substances: metabolite of Nandrolone
Camacho, an 11th-round pick this June out of the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, hit .093/.169/.167 with in the Rookie-level GCL.

• Orioles LHP Will Dennis
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Methylenedioxyamphetamine
Dennis, a 23rd-round pick out of Seattle University, went 4-2, 4.07 in the short-season New York-Penn League and Rookie-level GCL.

• Mets RHP Jose Martinez
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Suspension Length: 60 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
Martinez, a former position player, pitched in the DSL and Rookie-level GCL in 2015.

• Pirates RHP Clario Perez
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Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
Perez, 23, was 2-4, 2.65 at high Class A and Double-A in 2015. He was released by the Pirates in early November and re-signed on Nov. 23.

Dec. 17

• Mets rhp Connor Buchmann
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
Buchmann, an 11th-round pick in 2014 out of Oklahoma, was 0-3, 13.89 this year at Rookie-level Kingsport.

Dec. 15

• Free agent 2B Rafael Toribio
Suspension Length: 25 games
Violating Substances: Undisclosed
Toribio, who signed with the Red Sox for $7,500 in 2013, was released by the organization despite hitting .299/.379/.377 in his second year in the DSL this summer.

Dec. 9

• Giants SS Robert Antunez
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Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: metabolite of Nandrolone

In his third year in the DSL, the 5-foot-10 Antunez, 19, hit .321/.402/.352

• Free agent RHP Ely Echarry
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Refusal to take drug test
Signed out of Venezuela in 2008, Echarry did not pitch this season due to injury.

Dec. 2

• Marlins C Robert Llera

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Suspension Length: 60 games
Violating Substances: metabolite of Stanozolol

Llera signed with the Marlins as a non-drafted free agent out of Faulkner (Ala.) after being drafted in the 47th round by the White Sox in 2011 out of high school. He posted a .611 OPS for the GCL Marlins this season.

Nov. 16

• Giants SS Travious Relaford

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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)

The 23-year-old Relaford, a cousin of the ex-big leaguer Desi Relaford, hit .237 with one homer and 36 RBIs this year for Augusta of the low Class A South Atlantic League. A 44th-round pick of the Giants in 2011, Relaford got to Double-A in 2013, but has not passed that level.

Nov. 11

• Free Agent LHP Chad James
Suspension Length: 100 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines (second positive test), Drug of abuse (third positive test)

James, 24, was drafted No. 18 overall by the Marlins in 2009 and signed for $1.7 million. The lefthander had a promising pro debut but started 2014 in indy ball before hooking on with the Rangers, going 4-3, 2.74 at high Class A Myrtle Beach. He's struggled with control as a pro (4.10 BB/9).

Nov. 9

• Cardinals RHP Alex Reyes
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of absue

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Nov. 6

• Rangers 2b Evan Van Hoosier
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Violating Substances: Amphetamines, drug of absue

Van Hoosier, an eighth-round pick from JC of Southern Nevada--Bryce Harper’s school--came with a reputation as a grinder and a good feel to hit and he raked this season, albeit in the hit-friendly California League. He’s not overly physical at 6 feet and 190 pounds, and defensively, Van Hoosier is limited to second base.

Nov. 5

• Tigers IF/OF JaCoby Jones
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: drug of absue

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Nov. 3

• Braves RHP Steve Borkowski
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Suspension Length: 68 games
Violating Substances: metabolite of Stanozolol

Borkowski, a nondrafted free agent from St. Catherine (Ky.), was 3-1, 9.00 with 32 hits in 20 innings at Rookie-level Danville.

• Cubs OF Adron Chambers
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse

Chambers, now 28, was originally drafted by the Cardinals in the 38th round in 2007. He’s gotten 88 at-bats in the majors, but last played in the majors in 2013.

• Giants RHP Alvaro Diaz
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Suspension Length: 25 games
Violating Substances: Violation of program

Diaz, an international signing, was 0-1, 7.24 in 13 2/3 innings in the Rookie-level AZL.

Sept. 28

• Diamondbacks 1B Austin Byler
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine

Byler, one of the most polished college bats in the draft, was an 11th-round pick of the Diamondbacks and demolished the Rookie-level Pioneer League in the manner you’d expect of a senior sign. He posted an OPS of 1.058 with 15 homers in just 228 at-bats. Byler has excellent power potential and combines that with the ability to get on base.

• Padres RHP Michael Dimock
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse

Drafted out of Wake Forest in 2012 by the Astros and traded to the Padres for cash last season, Dimock, 25, is a control-over-stuff pitcher with a fastball/slider mix and a changeup that lags behind those. This year at Double-A and Triple-A, Dimock had a 70/6 SO/BB rate in 60 innings.

Sept. 24

• Diamondbacks SS Kal Simmons
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine

An eighth-round pick from Kennesaw State, Simmons slashed .222/.278/.310 in his pro debut, playing third base, shortstop and second base. The switch-hitter shows more feel from the left side and a little more pop from the right. There was some thought a team would try him behind the plate, but that did not happen this season and it will not happen in instructional league play, where Simmons will still be allowed to participate. His suspension takes effect at the start of the 2016 Pioneer League season, according to an MLB spokesman.

Sept. 8

• Yankees SS Holman Miranda
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Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Nandrolone

Miranda, 17, hit .246/.366/.324 for the Yankees’ DSL2 team this summer. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound shortstop is a switch hitter who signed with the Yankees in March.

• Tigers OF Magglio Ordoñez, Jr.
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: drug of abuse

The son of the White Sox and Tigers star, Ordonez, 19, was a 38th-round pick of the Tigers in 2014. So far, he’s shown little of his dad’s offensive ability, posting a .335 OPS during 34 games across two seasons.

Sept. 4

• Mariners LHP Joe Pistorese
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
Pistorese, drafted in the 17th round this June from Washington State, is 6-0, 1.28, with three saves. He struck out 46 in 42 1/3 innings with just seven walks. With the short-season Northwest League just about done this year, the suspension will carry over to next season.

• Rangers RHP Victor Gonzalez
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Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: Stanozolol
Victor Gonzalez, a 19-year-old righthander for the Rangers’ Dominican Summer League No. 2 team, was 0-2, 11.12 in 11 1/3 innings. With the DSL season done, the suspension is effective at the start of 2016.

• Free agent OF Anderson Caro
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: drug of abuse
Caro, 17, was released by the Royals after going 1-for-32 with 12 strikeouts.

Sept. 1

• Twins RHP Adrian Salcedo
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Suspension Length: 100 games
Violating Substances: Heptaminol (a stimulant)
Salcedo, 23, ranked among the Twins' top 30 prospects from 2009-2012, peaking at No. 8 in 2010. A shoulder injury limited him to 31 innings in 2012, though, and he hasn't been the same since, moving to the bullpen. Salcedo reached Triple-A in 2015 for the first time after serving an 80-game suspension earlier this year after testing positive for Heptaminol and Tamoxifen.

Aug. 21

• Blue Jays RHP Clinton Hollon
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
The Blue Jays drafted righthander Clinton Hollon, from Woodford County High in Versailles, Ky., 47th overall in 2013, and paid him $467,280 to pass on a Kentucky commitment. Hollon started throwing in the mid-90s after his sophomore season, establishing himself as a potential first-round pick for 2013, but his stock dipped after elbow tendinitis sapped his arm strength toward the end of that summer. Prior to the draft, questions persisted about his maturity. After just six appearances in 2013, he had Tommy John surgery in 2014 and returned to the mound this year, making 12 appearances in short-season and low Class A. He said he was touching 96 mph in June.

July 30

• Orioles SS Jared Breen and RHP Nick Cunningham
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Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2
Breen, drafted in the 24th round by the Orioles in 2013, is slashing .242/.349/.328 at low Class A Delmarva. Cunningham, drafted in the 20th round that same year, is 4-3, 3.23 largely in relief at Delmarva.

July 29

• Yankees RHPs Anderson Acevedo, Anthoniris Santana and Carlos Santana
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Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
The suspensions of the three players, who are all currently on the Yankees’ DSL roster, are effective immediately. Acevedo, 21, is 0-1, 4.76; Anthoniris Santana, 20, is 1-1, 6.00, and Carlos Santana, 20, is 0-0, 3.24.

July 2

• Mets C Adrian Abreu
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Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
Signed out of the Dominican Republic, Abreu, 24, played in 21 games at low Class A Savannah and high Class A St. Lucie. Abreu, in his sixth minor league season in the Mets' organization, was hitting .273 with three RBIs in 33 at-bats this year with the Sand Gnats after batting .097 in 31 at-bats with St. Lucie.

JUNE 26

• Orioles RHP Dennis Torres
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
Torres, a 28th-round pick in 2012 from UMass, is 25. He was 2-0, 2.38 in six appearances this season at Double-A Bowie.

JUNE 24

• Free agent RHP Chris Perez
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
Perez, 29, the former Indians closer and former first-round supplemental pick of the Cardinals in 2006, last pitched in the majors with the Dodgers in 2014. He allowed eight runs on 14 hits in 7 2/3 innings this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs before being released from the Brewers’ organization in late April.

• Mets RHP Derrick Bernard
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Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
A nondrafted free agent signed by the Mets out of Sul Ross State last June, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound righthander has not pitched this season after making six appearances in the Gulf Coast League in 2014. It’s Bernard’s second run-in with the drug program since he signed. He received a 62-game suspension last August without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of nandrolone. He will begin serving this suspension when the 62-game suspension ends.

JUNE 19

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• Royals OF Mike Bianucci
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2) and metabolite
Bianucci, 28, was an eighth-round pick of the Rangers in 2008 who hit 30 homers at Double-A Frisco in 2011. He was hitting .278 with 12 homers and 34 RBIs for Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

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• Rangers LHP Chad James
Suspension Length: 25 games
Violating Substances: Not specified
James, 24, was drafted No. 18 overall by the Marlins in 2009 and signed for $1.7 million. The lefthander had a promising pro debut but started 2014 in indy ball before hooking on with the Rangers, going 4-3, 2.74 at high Class A Myrtle Beach. He's struggled with control as a pro (4.10 BB/9). He signed with Texas last July but has not pitched this year following a 50-game suspension announced in January for a second positive test for a banned amphetamine. The reason for James’ suspension was not made public, but according to The Associated Press, the only specified 25-game penalty in the minor league program is for unauthorized use or possession of a syringe.

• Mariners RHP Edwin Martinez
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Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
The 19-year-old Martinez has a 4.05 ERA in three appearances in the DSL after going 1-1, 2.22 in 17 appearances last season after signing as an international free agent.

JUNE 12

• Free agent LHP Daniel Moskos
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: drug of abuse
Better known as the player that the Pirates picked instead of Matt Wieters, Moskos, the fourth overall pick in 2007, had a 31-game major league stint and flashes of success amid mostly underperformance. He last pitched in the majors in 2011 and last pitched in organized ball last year in the Dodgers organization before being released in May 2014.

JUNE 10

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• Braves C Chris O’Dowd
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Testosterone metabolites of exogenous origin
O'Dowd, son of former Rockies' general manager Dan O'Dowd, is viewed by scouts as an solid organizational catcher, but one without much big league potential. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the 23rd round of the 2012 draft out of Dartmouth. San Diego released him at the end of spring training in 2013 and the Rockies, then run by his father, signed him. His best asset is solid game-calling skills and potentially average defense.

JUNE 4

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• Rangers 2B Travis Demeritte
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Furosemide
Demeritte, who signed for $1.9 million as the 30th overall pick in 2013, led all low Class A hitters with 25 home runs in 2014 at Hickory, producing power from his quick-twitch hands that generate plus bat speed. With plus power, he’s a threat to go over the fence to any part of the park. But that power power comes with a huge strikeout rate (37 percent) and his 171 strikeouts ranked sixth in the minors. Back at Hickory this season, the righthanded hitter from Georgia was slashing .241/.343/.412 with five homers and 69 strikeouts in 170 at-bats.

JUNE 3

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• Rays 2B Coty Blanchard
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine
Blanchard, the 2013 15th-rounder, played baseball and football at Jacksonville State, but lost the QB gig as a junior. He was always a better baseball player, anyway. The knock on his was a lack of feel for hitting, but he’s an athletic guy, clearly, who has hit .277/.353/.375 in 552 pro at-bats.

MAY 15

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• Mets RHP Ricky Jacquez
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Drafted in the 25th round by the Mets in 2013, the tiny (5-foot-9, 160 pounds) righthander was capable, at his best, of touching 97 when he emerged from Central Arizona JC. Jacquez also pitched briefly at the University of Texas before being dismissed from team in 2012 for an undisclosed violation of team rules. After a stellar debut as a pro (2-0, 1.74, striking out 33 in 20 1/3 innings) Jacquez did not pitch in 2014 and has not pitched yet this season.

MAY 8

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• Reds RHPs David Ayala and Adolfi Telleria
Suspension Length: 25 games
Violating Substances: Not disclosed
Ayala has yet to pitch for the Reds; Telleria, 21, was 5-6, 3.68 a year ago in the DSL.


• Free agent RHP Dawson Brown
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Brown, who’ll turn 22 on May 16, was drafted in the 24th round last June out of West Florida. He made 11 appearances a year ago at Rookie ball, going 1-0, 2.75 with two saves. He was released by the A’s on May 6.

APRIL 29

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• Twins RHP Adrian Salcedo
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Tamoxifen/Heptaminol
Salcedo, 24, signed with the Twins out of the Dominican in November 2007. He appeared on the Twins’ Top 30 Prospect list four times, reaching as high as No. 8 entering 2011. The slender 6-foot-4 righthander, at his best, touched 96 mph and has shown the ability to fill up the strike zone (1.97 BB/9). He reached Double-A this season and was 0-0, 1.38 in 13 innings, with 10 strikeouts and five walks.

APRIL 15

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• Yankees RHP Wilking Rodriguez
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Furosemide
Rodriguez, now 25, was signed to a minor league deal by the Yankees this winter. He was originally signed as an international free agent by Devil Rays on Feb. 26, 2007 and rose as high as No. 17 in Tampa Bay’s organization. At his best, Rodriguez has a 90-95 mph fastball with natural tailing action that makes it difficult for opponents to barrel. Following seven years in the Rays’ organization, Rodriguez spent 2014 in the Royals’ organization, reaching the majors for two games, before signing with the Yankees. He had not pitched yet this season after spending time in big league camp.

APRIL 2

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• Giants OF Chuckie Jones
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
Jones, still just 22, rose as high as No. 18 in the Giants’ system following the 2011 season, but fell off after 2013. He is one of the better athletes in the Giants system, and the organization has been impressed by his combination of physicality and explosiveness. But the results have consistently fallen short, translating to a .238/.323/.375 slash over 1,503 minor league at-bats. A three-sport athlete in high school and Missouri's high school player of the year for baseball in 2010, he signed for a $125,000 bonus as a seventh-round pick.

APRIL 2

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• Braves RHP Arodys Vizcaino
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Stanozolol
Vizcaino, now 24, first signed with the Yankees as a 17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. He has appeared in our Prospect Handbook as a Top 30 prospect seven times for three different organizations--the Yankees, the Cubs and the Braves, for whom he’s now in a second stint after a trade from the Cubs last November for second baseman Tommy La Stella. Despite his extensive time in three different organizations, he has just 22 1/3 innings of major league experience, and with missing half of the 2015 season, likely will have an another season of prospect eligibility, meaning he could wind up with an eighth appearance in the Handbook. Vizcaino was expected to win a job in the back end of the Braves’ bullpen, but was reassigned to Triple-A Gwinnett after he gave up nine hits, eight walks and eight runs in eight innings of seven Grapefruit League appearances. When healthy, the 6-foot-0 righthander still has plus-plus velocity, reaching 99 mph in his brief major league stint with the Cubs last September.

MARCH 31

• Free agent LHP Jose Mijares
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
The veteran lefthander, still just 30 despite spending 13 seasons in organized ball, was released by the Reds, who signed him to a minor league deal last December, on March 23. In 259 innings across six major league seasons, Mijares has compiled a 3.23 ERA and held lefthanders to a .225 average. He did not pitch in organized ball in 2014 and last appeared in the majors with the Giants in 2013, compiling a 4.22 ERA in 60 games.

MARCH 27

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• Mariners LHP David Rollins
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Stanozolol
Rollins, picked up from the Astros in the Rule 5 draft, had made an impression on the Mariners to the extent he likely would have made the team as a second bullpen lefthander. Alas, that won’t happen now. Rollins told BA correspondent Ryan Divish that "It was a mistake on my part." Rollins, 25, was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 24th round in 2011 and was sent to Houston in a 10-player deal that involved J.A. Happ in Aug. 2012. At his best, Rollins has an 88-91 mph sinker, a slider with bite and a good changeup. He was 3-4, 3.81 at Double-A Corpus Christi in 2014.

MARCH 23

• Free Agent C Dusty Brown
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Brown, now 32, was drafted by the Red Sox in the 35th round in 2000 out of Yavapai (Ariz.) JC. He rose as high as No. 12 on Boston’s prospect list after the 2002 season, but has had only 43 major league at-bats. He spent time in 2014 in the A’s and Indians organizations but became a free agent in November.

MARCH 19

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• Yankees RHP Moises Cedeno
Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: Clenbuterol
Cedeno, signed by the Yankees in 2011 out of Panama for $354,800, has spent the past three seasons in the DSL with varying degrees of success. Last season, he was 4-4, 3.23 and averaged more than a strikeout per inning. When he signed he was touted for his fastball (93 mph) and what scouts termed an advanced changeup. He won’t turn 20 until Aug. 29.

MARCH 11

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• Yankees RHP Brayan Alcantara
Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Stanozolol
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Alcantara, now 21, has pitched in the Dominican Summer League the past three seasons with varying degrees of success. In 2014, he was 1-4, 4.21, but had a career-low 3.16 BB/9.

MARCH 9

• Free agent RHP Roman Madrid
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine
Madrid, now 24, was drafted out of high school as a catcher but attended McLennan (Texas) JC instead, working primarily as a pitcher. He thrived as Joe Rogers’ set-up man at Central Florida, pounding the zone with a 91-94 mph fastball. He’s been effective as a reliever, but has yet to pitch above high Class A and will miss 50 games to start his age-24 season.

FEB. 23

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• Diamondbacks OF Matt Railey
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine
Railey, who won’t turn 20 until next month, was drafted by Arizona in the third round last June out of high school in Florida. He teamed with lefthander Carson Sands as one of the top high school teammate duos in the country at North Florida Christian High in Tallahassee, Fla. Railey was considered one of the better prep bats available and was bought out of a Florida State pledge for $600,000. He has a strong, compact build at 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, and his strength gives him a chance for at least average power production. In 45 at-bats at Rookie-level Missouri, he slashed .267/.327/.556.

FEB. 20

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• Athletics RHP Koby Gauna
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder was a 20th-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton last June. He went 0-3, 3.28 with 12 saves at Rookie ball and short-season Vermont. Gauna was rated the 10th-best prospect for the 2014 draft. At Fullerton, Gauna pitched out of the ‘pen but was also a midweek starter, but the A’s used in exclusively in relief last season.

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• Braves RHP Richie Tate
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse
Tate, 22, was drafted in the 14th round by Atlanta out of an Arkansas high school as a pop-up guy who didn’t get much coverage. The 6-foot-6, 230-pounder can run his fastball up to 93, but tends to miss when he maxes out, which leads to him trying to guide the ball for strikes. He has some feel for the changeup and his curve has some downward action. He has an aggressive approach, but he’ll need to refine his command (4.43 BB/9) to reach his ceiling as a major league middle reliever.

FEB. 18

• Indians RHP Tyler Sturdevant
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamine
The 28-year-old Sturdevant, a 27th-round pick in 2009 out of New Mexico State, signed for $2,500 as a 23-year-old senior. Six years later, the 6-foot, 185-pound righthander has had three stints at Triple-A but has yet to crack the majors. After missing all of 2013 with an injury, he was combined 2-2, 2.65 in 46 games at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus with eight saves in 2014. Sturdevant has touched 100 mph in the past, but has dealt with control issues.

FEB. 13

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• Rays IF Spencer Edwards
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and metabolite, Methasterone and metabolite, and a metabolite of Tamoxifen.
A second-team BA High School All-American after batting .440 with 17 steals in 2012, Edwards went in the second round of the draft that year and gave up a commitment to Texas to sign for $554,400. At his best, Edwards has a live body and well above-average speed that he employs to his advantage on defense and on the basepaths. Some scouts were concerned about a hitch in his swing in high school, and that has borne true as he batted just .210 across three minor league seasons with 156 strikeouts against just 40 walks.

• Free agent RHP Joseph Gardner-Prophet
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: drug of abuse (second positive test)
Known as Joe Gardner, the 2009 third-round pick of the Indians was traded to the Rockies in 2011 in the deal that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Indians. Gardner, who turns 27 next month, pitched part of 2014 with the Cubs (Double-A Tennessee) and Braves (Double-A Mississippi) organizations before moving on to Indy ball. At his best, Gardner uses a sinking fastball that sits 89 mph but can touch 92, but his other offerings are lackluster. He profiles as a middle reliever.

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• Indians OF Brian Ruiz
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: metabolites of Methandienone and Oxandrolone
Ruiz, who was born in the Dominican but grew up in the Cleveland area, was drafted by his adopted hometown’s team in the 41st round in 2011, but hasn’t hit much after batting .600--using a wood bat--for Lincoln West High as a senior. This season at low Class A Lake County, he slashed .260/.308/.360.

FEB. 10

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• Mets RHP Tim Peterson
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: metabolite of Trenbolone
Peterson, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder righthander from Kentucky, was drafted as a junior in the 20th round by the Mets in 2012 and signed for $100,000. The pitchability righty--who sits low 90s mph but has touched 94--was a durable reliever in his one season at Kentucky, appearing in 28 games and walking just four in 26 innings. He’s best known for sharp command, although his walks spiked to 4.56/9 when he reached high Class A St. Lucie in 2014.

FEB. 6

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• Giants C Geno Escalante
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Escalante, drafted by the Giants in the 15th round out of Mount Olive (N.C.) in 2013, slashed just .174/.262/.229 last season at low Class A Augusta and short-season Salem-Keizer. Escalante was the Division II National Defensive Player of the Year in 2013. When he was drafted as the 462nd pick overall, Escalante was Mount Olive’s third-highest draft pick ever behind righthander Carter Capps, who was selected by the Mariners in the third round of the 2011 draft, and outfielder Jeremy Nowak, who was picked by the Orioles in the 13th round of the 2010 draft. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder posted a .777 OPS in 2013 at short-season Salem-Keizer prior to 2014’s disappointing season with the bat.

FEB. 2

• Free agent IF Wilson Betemit
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
The major league veteran has had just six at-bats in the majors (with the Orioles) since the end of the 2012 season. He slashed just .217/.298/.396 this season at Durham but still maintains a carrying tool of power, especially against righthanders, against whom he hit 14 of his 18 homers this season. Still just 33 despite being in organized ball since 1997, Betemit is likely to latch on with another organization as a bench player following the end of his suspension.

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• Red Sox SS Ricardo Cubillan
Suspension Length: 76 games
Violating Substances: Metabolite of nandrolone
Cubillan, signed for $10,000 in August, has yet to play a game in affiliated ball.

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• Giants RHP Ethan Miller
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
Miller, 24, a 22nd-round pick out of San Diego State in 2013, worked as a starter in 2014 at short-season Salem-Keizer, going 5-3, 4.60 after pitching primarily in relief in 2013 and in his senior year at SDSU.

• Free agent 1B Tanner Norton
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Norton, drafted by the Brewers in the 13th round in 2013 and signed for $100,000, was released last month after two largely unsuccessful seasons in the Rookie-level AZL. The lefthanded hitter slashed .223/.303/.244 in 70 games across 2013-14.

JAN. 30

• Free Agent RHP Tyler Gonzales
Suspension Length: 100 games
Violating Substances: Refusal to take drug test
A supplemental first-round pick in 2012, the San Antonio prep righthander, whose given first name is Aaron but goes by Tyler, signed for $750,000 but failed to advance past the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in three pro seasons before being released by the Blue Jays in July. He was signed by the Phillies in November, but released on Jan. 28.

• Brewers LHP Tyler Alexander
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Alexander, 23, a lefthander out of Florida International, was a 27th-round pick in 2013. He’s gone 7-6, 4.28 in two minor league seasons, walking 4.10/9 but striking out 11.27/9.

• Orioles 3B Austin Anderson
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
Anderson, Baltimore’s ninth-round pick in June, was a consistent producer in the SEC the last two years who walked more than he struck out. Anderson has a simple, direct swing from the left side that produces power to the gaps. He slashed .307/.354/.403 in 49 games at short-season Aberdeen.

• Giants RHP Dylan Brooks
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
The 6-foot-7 Canadian was drafted in the 30th round in 2013 out of high school in Ontario. He struck out 11.97/9 this season, posting a 2-1, 3.18 mark in 18 games in rookie ball.

JAN. 28

• Free agent RHP Raymond Hanson
Suspension Length: 80 games
Violating Substances: furosemide
Hanson, who’ll turn 25 next month, was drafted in the 47th round by the Giants in 2010 but chose to attend Central Florida. The 6-foot-7 righthander was not drafted again and instead signed with independent Rio Grande Valley of the United League. He returned to affiliated ball this year when he was signed by the Angels after going 4-1, 3.53 with River City of the Frontier League. He went 4-5, 4.00 with high Class A Inland Empire, but was released by the Angels last week.

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• Yankees SS Tyler Palmer
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: amphetamines and drug of abuse (second positive test)
Palmer, 22, was drafted by the Marlins in the fourth round in 2011 but was hampered by a hand injury that required three surgeries. He finished his amateur career in 2014 at Thomas (Ga.) and was the top prospect in the NAIA before he was signed by the Yankees as a nondrafted free agent in June. He slashed .262/.354/.443 in the Rookie-level GCL.

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• Diamondbacks RHP Felipe Perez
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Perez, 21, had the talent to go in the third to fifth round of the 2012 draft, but a strong UCLA commitment caused him to go unselected. His stuff took a step forward when he pitched in a summer collegiate West Coast League, and with money left in their draft budget the Diamondbacks signed Perez as a nondrafted free agent in 2012 for $400,000 just before he was to head to campus. When he’s right, Perez’s fastball sits at 91-93 mph with average movement, sink and tail. His curveball has late break and his changeup has good tumble and works well off the fastball.

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• Pirates 1b Kevin Ross
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Ross, 21, raised his profile in 2012 with a strong showing at the Area Code Games and was drafted by the Pirates in the eighth round, signing for $130,000 to pass on a Michigan commitment. Ross has athleticism and tools, most notably a quick bat and the strength to provide plus raw power from the right side of the plate. He played in the New York-Penn League all-star game this year, and slashed .265/.281/.352 for short-season Jamestown.

JAN. 27

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• Dodgers OF Theo Alexander
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Alexander, 20, was a seventh-round pick out of high school in Washington. At his best, Alexander has a lively build at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds and a smooth, whippy lefthanded swing. Alexander’s future will come down to his bat, because his secondary skills are average at best. He’s an average runner with a below-average arm. He hit just .217/.282/.333 in 43 games at Rookie-level Ogden.

• Dodgers LHP Robert Carson
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Carson, 26, reached the majors with the Mets in 2012-13 after being drafted by New York in the 14th round in 2007. He spent time in Triple-A with the Angels’ and Dodgers’ affiliates in 2014.

• Free Agent RHP Kramer Champlin
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Champlin, who turns 25 in March, was drafted in the 33rd round by the Blue Jays out of Arizona State in 2011. The 6-foot-6 righthander, who was a quarterback at Olympia (Wash.) HS, was 4-2, 2.31 in the Rookie-level GCL and high Class A Dunedin in 2014.

• Free Agent RHP Kyle Simon
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Simon, 24, was originally drafted by Orioles in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Arizona and signed for $231,300. He was acquired by the Phillies in June 2012 with catcher Gabriel Lino in the deal that sent Jim Thome to the Orioles. Working from a deceptive low three-quarters arm slot, Simon throws a heavy 89-92 mph sinker. He projects as a middle reliever. The Rockies released Simon after selecting him last December in the minor league Rule 5 draft.

• Free Agent LHP Chad James
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines
James, 24, was drafted No. 18 overall by the Marlins in 2009 and signed for $1.7 million. The lefthander had a promising pro debut but started 2014 in indy ball before hooking on with the Rangers, going 4-3, 2.74 at high Class A Myrtle Beach. He’s struggled with control as a pro (4.10 BB/9).

JAN. 22

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• Twins RHP Hudson Boyd
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Boyd and Dan Vogelbach teamed to lead Bishop Verot High (Fort Myers, Fla.) to the state 3-A championship in 2011, and both went in the top two rounds of the draft and signed for seven-figure bonuses. Boyd signed for $1 million as the 55th overall pick. He elicited Jonathan Broxton comparisons for his size (6-foot-3, 235) and thick lower half. He was expected to be a power pitcher like Broxton but hasn’t shown that explosiveness as a pro, rarely hitting the 94s he showed in high school. He has struggled with control as a pro and during the 2014 season served a one-week suspension at low Class A Cedar Rapids for undisclosed violations of team rules during a road trip.


• Free agent RHP Chris Capper
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)

Capper, a 26th-round pick of the Diamondbacks in 2012, did not pitch this season due to an undisclosed injury. Born in South Africa and raised in Phoenix, Capper has some effort in his delivery, tops out at 92 mph and mixes in a slurvy breaking ball for an out pitch.


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• Rangers OF Chris Grayson
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines

Grayson, 25, was a 13th round pick of the Rangers in 2011 from Lee (Tenn.) College. He slashed .265/.355/.390 across high Class A and Double-A in 2014.


• Indians RHP Duke von Schamann
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)

The son of former NFL kicker Uwe von Schamann, Duke is a Tommy John surgery survivor (2010). The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder lives mainly off his sinker, which has late run. He was acquired from the Dodgers in April for lefthander Colt Hynes and was 8-8, 4.20 at Double-A Akron.


JAN. 21

• Free Agent RHP Carlos Artiles
Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: Metabolites of Nandrolone

The righthander, who pitched at 22 years old in 2014 in the DSL for the Marlins, walked 27 in 24 1/3 innings.


• Free Agent RHP Felix Bautista
Suspension Length: 72 games
Violating Substances: Metabolites of Nandrolone

Bautista, who also pitched for the Marlins’ DSL entry in 2014, had even more control issues than Artiles, walking 20 in 12 1/3 innings.


• Free agent C Kyle Bacak
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines

Bacak, 23, drafted out of Texas Christian in the 25th round by the Nationals in 2014, was 4-for-30 in limited action.


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• Padres RHP Travis Remillard
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Amphetamines

Remillard, 21, was drafted in the 13th round by Padres in 2013, but missed the 2013 season. He appeared in 11 games in 2014, going 0-1, 3.38.


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• Astros RHP Andrew Walter
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)

Walter, 24, a nondrafted free agent signing by the Astros in 2011 out of Yavapai (Ariz.) JC, had success as a closer with low Class A Quad Cities in 2013-14, but struggled upon his promotion to high Class A Lancaster (0-2, 5.14). When healthy, Walter has a plus fastball and average curveball and scouts say he made mechanical adjustments that resulted in a velocity spike.

JAN. 16

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• Mets RHP Brandon Welch
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Welch, 23, was drafted by the Mets in the fifth round in 2012 out of Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC. Welch was primarily an outfielder in high school, though he closed from time to time, and he played both ways as a freshman at Daytona State (Fla.) JC. He transferred to Palm Beach State JC as a sophomore, moving into the rotation. At his best, the athletic, quick-armed righthander can sit around 92-94 mph and touch 96 with his fastball. He was moved to the bullpen in 2014 and was 2-2, 5.18 in 14 appearances (three starts) at short-season Brooklyn.

JAN. 15

• Free agent RHP Kameron Loe
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Loe, 33, spent 2014 at Triple-A for three organizations (Arizona, Atlanta and Kansas City), last pitching in the majors for Atlanta in 2013. The 6-foot-8, 245-pound righthander, a 20th-round pick from Cal State Northridge, had success with the Brewers from 2010-12.


• Free agent OF Terrell Joyce
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)
Joyce, 22, drafted in the 12th round by Houston out of Florida State JC, hit 11 homers in 182 at-bats at short-season Tri City. He is a free agent after being released by the Astros.

JAN. 13

• Free agent LHP Enrique Garcia
Suspension Length: 50 games
Violating Substances: Drug of abuse (second positive test)

Garcia, who goes by Henry although his given name is Enrique, was signed by the Diamondbacks in February 2013 from the independent North American League where he played for Rio Grande Valley. The lefthander, now 24, attended Texas-Brownsville but was not drafted and went to indy ball. The Diamondbacks, long known for their affinity for indy ball players, spotted him in a Texas winter league and signed him, although he flashed just average stuff. A full-time reliever since the start of 2013, he was released by the Diamondbacks on Dec. 17. His suspension will begin when he signs with his next organization.

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