With the Seattle Mariners already in a total tailspin, they received more bad news Thursday evening when minor-league outfielder Boog Powell was suspended 80 games for use of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.
Powell was a member of the Mariners 40-man roster, and was the Tacoma Rainiers’ starting center fielder and leadoff hitter. In 64 games Powell was slashing .270/.326/.359 with 3 home runs, 27 RBIS and 10 stolen bases.
Powell was viewed as a potential candidate for a depth spot on the Mariners in the spring, but was eventually sent to to AAA to get sufficient at-bats there. With the team playing so poorly though, and the Mariners outfield being iffy outside Leonys Martin, there was some speculation that Powell could be in line for a call-up at some point. That is still a possibility, but obviously those plans are on hold while Powell serves his suspension.
What stands as the biggest concern for Powell, is not only is he forced to miss 80 games, but Tacoma has also recalled Guillermo Heredia to replace him which could potentially be dangerous for Powell. Heredia was an All-Star with Jackson in AA and has been a terrific hitter and fielder early in his professional career. On top of that, Heredia is 25 so the Mariners may elect to try and get Heredia the at-bats over Powell once he does return.