Tampa Bay Rays prospect Coty Blanchard will find himself sidelined for the next 50 games after testing positive on Tuesday for a banned substance.
Blanchard, the Rays 15th round selection in 2013, violated the terms of Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program due to amphetamine use. The suspension comes less than a year after Blanchard was named a New York-Penn League All-Star, as a representative of the Short-Season Hudson Valley Renegades, batting .298/.364/.423 clip with two home runs and thirty runs batted in as a super utility man.
Positive returns parlayed themselves into the 2015 season with the full season Bowling Green Hot Rods, as Blanchard continued his strong production with a .314/.370/.393 slash line and a .763 OPS, spending ample time at second base, third base, and the outfield.
Blanchard’s suspension comes four months after teammate Spencer Edwards was placed on the restricted list for 80 games after testing positive for an array of performance enhancing drugs. Edwards, a former second round pick by Tampa Bay Rays struggled mightily during his three seasons in professional baseball, fanning 156 times in 515 at bats. Like Spencer, Blanchard will be suspended without pay and will be eligible to resume his professional baseball career on July 28th against the West Michigan Whitecaps, a Single-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers.