Minor league free agent right-handed pitcher Roman Madrid has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for a banned amphetamine. Madrid was released over the weekend by the Padres organization, for whom he had pitched in 2014. The 24-year old reliever went 2-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 12 appearances with Class A Lake Elsinore during an injury-plagued season.
Madrid’s suspension was announced today, and will become effective once he signs with another team. Madrid was a seventh-round draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Central Florida. His career numbers in the Padres organization were respectable. Over his three professional seasons, Madrid has registered a 15-5 record, a 2.67 ERA and a strikeout rate of 9.6 K/9.
Madrid’s suspension is the 39th of the year under baseball’s minor league drug testing agreement.