Three Pirate Farmhands Test Positive For Steroids

April 6, 2005

The Associated Press is reporting three more minor league players have tested positive for steroids. All three players-former big leaguers Tom Evans, Brian Mallette and Jon Nunnally–are in the Pirates organization.

Mallette and Nunnally are slated to begin the season with Triple-A Indianapolis. Evans, 30, is on Double-A Altoona’s roster and is the only one of the trio who played with the Pirates organization last season.

The AP reports Mallette, 30, was suspended 30 days as a second-time offender. Nunnally, 33, and Evans received 15-day suspensions.

Nunnally hit just .216-9-34 last season for Indianapolis and is a career .254/.357/.458 hitter in more than 1,100 minor league games. He’s hit .246 in 364 big league games, spanning 885 at-bats. Evans last appeared in the majors in 2000 (he hit .255 in 102 major league at-bats) and is a .268/.378/.430 career hitter in more than 1,000 minor league games. Mallette, who posted a 2.27 ERA last year with Triple-A Louisville in the Reds system, appeared in five games for the Brewers in 2002, posting a 10.80 ERA. In the minors, he’s 25-12, 2.70 with 83 saves in 293 career appearances, all but one in relief.