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Nationals prospect Adrian Nieto suspended for PEDs

Feb 4, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

Adrian Nieto

Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto, who was Washington’s fifth-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games for two banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite.

His suspension will kick in once the season starts and Nieto will likely serve it while at high Single-A.

Baseball America tabbed Nieto as “the best switch-hitting catching prospect in the country” coming out of high school and he got $376,000 to sign with the Nationals, but in two seasons as a pro he’s hit just .210 with two homers in 110 games.

He has a blog set up on, but Nieto either never posted an entry or the archives have been scrubbed clean.

  1. Adam - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Only in High A and already no chance at the Hall of Fame. Sad really.

  2. pedsaregoodforsports - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    LOL, this guys an idiot. Oxandrolone will do ZILCH for power and stregth. And metabolite is a OTC fat burner containing ephedra. Maybe he wanted to cut up for the spring…

  3. Jonny 5 - Feb 4, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Even though some people swear PED’s don’t do a thing for players, the evidence says otherwise. Guys still put their careers in jepordy for their supposed “non benefits”. Curious.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. The combination of a shotgun-style approach to a huge list of dietary supplements and the apparent innate idiocy of guys who come up through the secondary school and college ranks as PEd majors is lethal. Let’s just drop the OTC stuff from the list altogether, shall we? If it’s OK for the general public to buy without a prescription, why the hell is MLB making such a ridiculous deal of it? If trying to improve performance is such a sin, perhaps weightlifting, balanced nutrition and yoga ought to be verboten too. Or maybe we should just add all multivitamins, ginseng, ginko biloba, acai, joint health compounds, no-flush niacin and, while we’re at it, orange juice to this rapidly stupidifying list. Or maybe just adhere to the principle that if the stuff doesn’t do any more harm than such fertilizers for your tumor garden as, say, diet coke, then let’s stop persecuting athletes for taking it.

    • Jonny 5 - Feb 4, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      Why not have a list of MLB approved supplements???? No logo, no use-o. It’s quite simple.

  5. edstones - Feb 4, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Gator you left out anacin.

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