MLB and MiLB PED Suspension Rundown Update #2

Now that the All-Star Break is upon us, it’s time to update my prior posts tracking PED suspensions at the minor-league and major-league levels. Information is courtesy of spotrac.com and milb.com.

Minor-League Suspensions

1/12: Wilfre Delgado, RHP – CHC (72 games, Stanozolol)
1/12: Antonio Police, RHP – BOS (72 games, Boldenone)
1/12: Joel Romero, Free Agent RHP (80 games, Stanozolol)
1/19: Tucker Baca, LHP – BAL (60 games, Dehydro-chlormethyltestosterone)
1/23: Dean Deetz, RHP (MLB suspension but player with prospect eligibility) – HOU (80 games, Dehydro-chlormethyltestosterone)
1/26: Ryan Newell, RHP – MIA (80 games, Dehydro-chlormethyltestosterone)
1/26: Jose Santiago, RHP – SEA (140 games, Drostanolone and Oxandrolone)
2/7: Raudy Read, C – WAS (80 games, Boldenone)
2/8: Jake Romanski, C – BOS (100 games, amphetamine)
2/8: Landon Hughes, Free Agent RHP (68 games, Dehydro-chlormethyltestosterone)
2/10: Alex Cunningham, RHP – SD (50 games, amphetamine)
2/16: Carlos Ventura, OF – CLE (72 games, Stanozolol)
3/16: Thomas Pannone, LHP – CLE (80 games, Dehydro-chlormethyltestosterone)
4/4: Joel Bender, LHP – CIN (50 games, : amphetamine/methamphetamine)
4/4: Nathanael Heredia, LHP – STL (72 games, Stanozolol)
4/4: Andrew Maggi, SS – CLE (50 games, amphetamine)
4/6: Alsis Herrera, LHP – CLE (80 games, Stanozolol)
4/6: Luis Diaz, RHP – ARI (72 games, Stanozolol)
5/3: Eric Marinez, OF/SS – OAK (80 games, Clomiphene)
5/3: Walter Rasquin, OF/2B – NYM (50 games, methamphetamine)
5/18: Joel Espinal, RHP – TOR (80 games, Stanozolol)
5/18: Domingo Jimenez, RHP – CLE (80 games, Stanozolol)
6/7: Fernando Abad, LHP – FA (80 games, Stanozolol)
6/15: Tyler Spurlin, RHP – MIL (50 games, amphetamine)
6/15: Jorge Ferrer, LHP – CHW (72 games, Stanozolol)
6/22: Jaison Paniagua, RHP – NYM (72 games, Stanozolol)
6/22: Yosiel Serrano, RHP – TEX (72 games, Stanozolol)
6/22: Yoanys Quiala, RHP – HOU (80 games, Drostanolone)
7/6: Oscar De La Cruz, RHP (MLB suspension but player w/prospect eligibility) – CHC (80 games, Furosemide)

Breakdown by Position

P – 23; C – 2; Utility – 2; SS – 1; OF – 1

Major-League Suspensions

1/22: Dean Deetz (see above)
1/23: Jon Singleton, 1B – HOU (100 games, unspecified PED, 3rd failed test)
2/10: Alex Cunningham (see above)
2/21: Forrest Whitley, P – HOU (50 games, unspecified PED)
3/10: Jorge Bonifacio, RF – KC (80 games, Boldenone)
3/18: Jorge Polanco, SS – MIN (80 games, Stanozolol)
5/15: Robinson Canó, 2B – SEA (80 games, Furosemide – PED masking agent)
5/24: Welington Castillo, C – CHW (80 games, Erythropoietin)
7/6: Oscar De La Cruz, RHP (Player w/prospect eligibility) – CHC (80 games, Furosemide)

Note: Some players listed as having suspensions due to PED violations on the spotrac.com page I consulted turned out not to be suspended for PEDs but rather other drugs upon further research, so they are not listed.

Breakdown by Position

P – 3; 1B – 1; 2B – 1; SS – 1; OF – 1; C – 1

MiLB and MLB Suspensions Organizational Breakdown

ARI – 1; BAL – 1; BOS – 2; CHC – 2;  CHW – 2; CIN – 1; CLE – 5; Free Agent – 3; HOU – 4; KC – 1; MIA – 1; MIL – 1; MIN – 1; NYM – 2; OAK – 1; SD – 1; SEA – 2; STL – 1; WAS – 1; TEX – 1; TOR – 1

Total Organizations: 20

Organizational/Group Leaderboard

  1. CLE – 5
  2. HOU – 4
  3. Free Agents – 3

My Takeaways

Pitcher is far and away the position with the most suspensions. Cleveland continues to lead Houston as the organization with the most suspensions at all levels (paging self-appointed watchdog Trevor Bauer). Now that we are past the halfway point of the season, two-thirds of all organizations have suspended players (20/30), so I have added a leaderboard to track where the most suspensions are originating from (see above).

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