Tampa Bay Rays Prospects Ryan Brett, Charles Cononie, and Justin Woodall Suspended 50 Games
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced this afternoon that three players for the Low-A Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Midwest League have been suspended for 50 games. They tested positive for use of methamphetamine and an amphetamine according to the commissioner's statement. The players are second baseman Ryan Brett, pitcher Charles Cononie, and pitcher Justin Woodall.
Brett is the most significant prospect in the group. Drafted in the third round in 2010 from high school in Washington state, he was hitting .285/.348/.393 with 37 walks and 73 strikeouts in 410 at-bats this year. He had also stolen 48 bases in 56 attempts.
A relief pitcher, Cononie posted a 4.20 ERA this year with a 69/45 K/BB in 60 innings, with 45 hits allowed and a 2.66 GO/AO. He was drafted in the 24th round in 2011 from Towson University. Woodall is a left-handed pitcher, drafted in the 26th round in 2010 and was a former football player at the University of Alabama. He had a 4.76 ERA with a 52/36 K/BB in 59 innings this year.
Cononie and Woodall are fungible, but Brett is one of Tampa's better prospects. We will monitor this situation.