MLB announced this afternoon that Cardinals prospect right-hander Alex Reyes has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, Reyes released a statement saying that it was for marijuana.
This is a big deal for the Cardinals, as Reyes was ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the game on Baseball America’s midseason list. The 23-year-old posted a 2.49 ERA and 151/49 K/BB ratio over 101 1/3 innings in the minors this season, mostly between High-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. He was recently pitching in the Arizona Fall League and was originally slated to start Saturday’s Fall Stars Game, but was pulled without explanation. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the drug suspension was the reason for the change.
Interestingly, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com writes that Reyes’ suspension will include the remaining games in the Arizona Fall League. Still, he’s slated to get a late start on the 2016 season. All for doing something that players on a team’s 40-man roster aren’t tested for.