Top Phillies prospect Elniery Garcia suspended 80 games for PEDs

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Major League Baseball announced today that Phillies prospect Elniery Garcia has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for Boldenone. Garcia is on the Phillies’ 40-man roster.

Garcia, a pitcher, had not yet played above High-A, but he had a promising 2016 season which showed increased velocity. Most prospect evaluators had him as a top-10 talent in the Phillies’ system, and his place on the 40-man reflected the club’s optimism about his future as well. It’s not unreasonable to think that, had he not been suspended, 2017 would’ve been a year in which he saw work at multiple levels and, if things went optimally, he might’ve been called up when rosters expanded in September.

Now he loses half a season of development. That’s a tough break, but if you do the crime, you do the time.