MLB Suspends Angels, Reds Minor Leaguers

The commissioner’s office announced 50-game suspensions for two minor league players who failed two tests for what the testing program classifies as a drug of abuse.

Angels catcher Carlos Ramirez hit .204/.312/.276 in 275 at-bats for Double-A Arkansas last season, showing catch-and-throw skills but little in the way of offensive upside. He’ll resume his quest to become a backup catcher when he returns from his suspension in June. The Angels selected Ramirez from Arizona State in the eighth round of the 2009 draft.

Reds righthander Vaughn Covington, an 11th-round pick from a British Columbia high school in 2011, struggled with his control in the Rookie-level Arizona League last year, walking 22 and striking out 21 in 24 innings. He had Tommy John surgery in September 2010, and now he’ll miss most of 2013 because, as per an MLB press release, Covington’s suspension begins at the start for the AZL season.