Suspended Reds prospect posted videos of himself in which he appears to be snorting cocaine

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On Tuesday, Reds prospect Ian Kahaloa — a fifth round pick in 2015 — was suspended for 50 games after he failed a second test for a drug of abuse. We see these sorts of suspensions among minor leaguers so often that they barely register anymore. This one, however . . . has a bit more to it.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that, prior to his suspension, multiple videos surfaced which appeared to show Kahaloa using recreational drugs — possibly cocaine — while wearing a Reds shirt. The videos appeared on SnapChat and were seen by Reds officials, who refer to them as “alarming” in the Enquirer story.

You can see two of the videos below, which first surfaced in mid-March, and which were posted to Twitter by a Reds fan who discovered them via Kahaloa’s SnapChat account, tagging MLB and the Reds to alert them. Note: the videos appear to show drug use and feature drug paraphernalia:

The Enquirer reports that, upon being made aware of the videos in March, the Reds removed Kahaloa from spring training. He is now in a drug treatment program.

That’s a good call on the drug treatment. What they’re going to do about his apparent intelligence and judgment issues are another story entirely.

Guardians trade OF Will Benson to Reds for OF Justin Boyd

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Guardians traded outfielder Will Benson to the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday for outfielder Justin Boyd.

The defending AL Central champions also will get a player to be named from the Reds in the swap.

Cincinnati drafted Boyd in the second round last year out of Oregon State. He led the Pac-12 with a .373 batting average and 24 steals in 2022. The 21-year-old batted .203 in 73 at-bats for Class-A Daytona.

The 6-foot-5 Benson spent 28 games with the Guardians last season, batting .182 with three RBIs in 28 games. The 24-year-old struggled at the plate, striking out 19 times in just 55 at-bats.

Benson was once considered one of Cleveland’s top outfield prospects, but has since been surpassed by Steven Kwan, Oscar Gonzalez and Will Brennan.