Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Grendell, who was an 11th-round pick in June’s draft out of a California high school, has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance called Dehydroepiandrosterone.
Grendell had been pitching in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, where the left-hander got knocked around for 15 runs in 17 innings during his pro debut.
Because the minor-league season is over he’ll have to sit out the first couple months of next year.
According to my extensive Wikipedia research Dehydroepiandrosterone is a steroid hormone and the same drug NBA players O.J. Mayo and Rashard Lewis were suspended for using a few years back. It is legal to buy in the United States as a dietary supplement.
The Pirates announced on Wednesday that the club acquired infielder Erik González along with minor league pitchers Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza in exchange for outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff.
González, 27, is quite versatile, having played all four infield positions as well as both outfield corners. He has just a .681 career OPS across 275 plate appearances in the big leagues, though. González will provide infield depth for the Pirates, who are losing Josh Harrison and Jordy Mercer.
Thomas, 19, completed his second season at rookie ball. He pitched 19 2/3 innings, yielding 10 earned runs on 13 hits and 10 walks with 27 strikeouts.
Mendoza, 19, also just completed his second season at rookie ball. The right-hander pitched 37 1/3 innings, allowing 19 earned runs on 33 hits and 20 walks with 37 strikeouts.
Luplow, 25, has played 64 games in the big leagues as an outfielder, mustering a paltry .644 OPS in 190 plate appearances.
Moroff, 25, has played second base, third base, and short stop in the majors. He carries a career .625 OPS in 209 trips to the plate.