MLB Suspends Rays Prospect Ryan Brett, Two Bowling Green Teammates

Three Rays minor leaguers will miss the conclusion of the season, including the low Class A Midwest League playoffs, following a Major League Baseball announcement that each has tested positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine. All three Bowling Green players received 50-game suspensions without pay, effective immediately.

Second baseman Ryan Brett, who headed the organization's depth chart at the position coming into the year, is the most notable name on the list. The 20-year-old batted .285/.348/.390 with six homers and 19 doubles in 410 at-bats for Bowling Green. A 2010 third-rounder out of high school, Brett ranked second in the MWL with 48 stolen bases in 56 attempts.

A pair of Hot Rods relievers also face 50-game suspensions: righthander Charlie Cononie (24th round, 2011, Towson) and lefty Justin Woodall (26th round, 2010, Alabama).

Bowling Green clinched a MWL playoff spot by virtue of capturing a first-half wild card.

Aug. 24 Update

According to Brett's agent Nik Lubisich, the Rays prospect claims the positive test could only have been triggered by a "single incident in which the evening before this random drug test he took an energy pill that was described to him as caffeine-like, but which apparently turned out to be a common form of attention-deficit disorder medication Adderall."

Lubisich goes on to say in a statement that Adderall is a prescription stimulant which contains an amphetamine and is also known to show a positive for methamphetamines on drug tests.

Even though ADD medications are on the MLB banned substance list, the agent writes, their intentional and legal use is not uncommon. Roughly 8-10 percent of all MLB players—including 105 players during the 2010 season—have been granted a "therapeutic use exception" to take ADD medication with a doctor's prescription.