Prospects Josh Sale and Marcus Stroman Suspended for PED Use
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced two additional minor league suspensions for Performance-Enhancing Drug Use this afternoon. Outfield prospect Josh Sale of the Tampa Bay Rays, and pitching prospect Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays have been suspended 50 games.
Sale, a first round pick in the 2011 draft from high school in Washington state, was hitting .264/.391/.464 in 239 at-bats for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in the Low-A Midwest League. He had a poor season in 2011 but had been much more effective this year. Three of Sale's teammates were suspended for PED use last week, including infieler Ryan Brett, who was also drafted by the Rays from a high school in Washington in 2010.
Stroman was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the first round this past June. The Duke University product had a 3.26 ERA with a 23/9 K/BB in his first 19 professional innings, split between Vancouver in the short-season Northwest League and New Hampshire in the Double-A Eastern League. He was considered a candidate for promotion to the major leagues as soon as the rosters expand to 40 in September.