Good morning everyone and welcome to the Wednesday, May 11 edition of Minor League Ball daily notes. Here are some news links from around the world of baseball.
****The big news in prospect land yesterday was the 50-game suspension of Kansas City Royals shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi. Mondesi tested positive for Clenbuterol, a banned amphetamine.
Players always claim an extenuating circumstance and such excuses are often not plausible, but in this case it really does look like an accident. Mondesi was able to prove to MLB's satisfaction that the banned substance came from over-the-counter cold medicine purchased in the Dominican Republic. As a result the suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 and he remains eligible for post-season play.
This seems like a dumb mistake rather than cheating and MLB agrees, so I doubt this will have any negative impact on Mondesi's career. Through 25 games with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Mondesi was hitting .250/.304/.462.
****At Beyond the Boxscore, Jerry Burnes games out scenarios for a Los Angeles Angels Mike Trout trade.
****At FakeTeams, Michael Schwarz outlines ten sleeper prospects to study and perhaps acquire if you are in a dynasty league. I agree with several of his suggestions.
****At Fangraphs, Dave Cameron writes that Korean Baseball Organization hitters are probably under-estimated, particularly when it comes to power production.