Friday, August 30, 2013

Three Astros Minor-Leaguers suspended

Three Astros minor-leaguers were suspended 50 games today after testing positive for amphetamines.

Those suspended are:

Jose Fernandez
Mike Martinez
D'Andre Toney

Fernandez, a 20-year old infielder for the GCL Astros, has been in the system since the 2010 season. He only played in 23 games this season for the organization, hitting .236/.299/.360 between Tri-City and the GCL.

Martinez, a 1B/DH, was the Astros' 36th Round pick in the 2012 draft out of Florida International University. In 59 games for Tri-City this season, he hit .225/.291/.413 with 11 homers in 237 plate appearances.

D'Andre Toney, a 21-year old outfielder, was the player to be named later in the Bourgeois/Quintero trade (that also brought back Kevin Chapman) with Kansas City. He hit .340/.432/.587 in his pro debut for Kansas City in the Arizona League, and has struggled with the Astros since, posting a .677 OPS in 2012 and a .641 OPS in 2013, hitting .219/.290/.352.

I'll let Morgan Ensberg close it out:


Deputy Jason said...

I venture a guess that each were taking a diet pill of some kind that contained a small amount of a banned substance. More and more supplement companies add stuff (ex: amphetamines) in that actually works, so that people lose a little fat and think its some special herbal blend that did it. There are no guidelines in place that monitor supplements actual consistence. Keep that in mind as guys test positive. Very possibly they are taking things they think is legal, and getting something else entirely. Does not excuse them, just trying to help explain the positive tests when they were aware of them coming up.

Anonymous said...

That is so 2005. The excuse above was used back then and now if you have questions you check this list.

Deputy Jason said...

Those kids cant be counted on to check a list. Hell, half our MiLB players barely speak english. Again, anon poster, Im not saying they didnt cheat, just that there is reason to assume they got tainted stuff. And yes, that is so 2005. Nothing has changed in the supplement world to make it any more reliable. Including getting a stamp of approval, which has no teeth or holds any company accountable for their mislabled products.

Anonymous said...

I'm just saying its a weak excuse. If there is any doubt they can send a sample to have it tested.

Just throwing this out there... What are we supposed to think when you get popped for a drug test when you know it's coming?
— Morgan Ensberg (@MorganEnsberg)

Anonymous said...

The barely speaks english argument is also bogus.

"Everybody knows what's going on," Bautista told this week. "Nobody can plead ignorance. I don't think a lack of education or language barriers has anything to do with it. MLB and the Players Association have done a great job making sure that everybody knows.

"Bilingual -- here you go," he said, holding it in front of him. Then he flipped the book over and rotated it 180 degrees, to show it included the details in both languages. "Spanish and English," he added.