Feb 9, 2011, 11:17 AM EST
Last week Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite.
Yesterday another Nationals catching prospect, 22-year-old Hector Taveras, was suspended 25 games after he was, according to the Associated Press, “found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.”
First-time violators of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program typically receive 50-game suspensions like Nieto, but because Taveras was found with a syringe rather than the actual drug(s) his suspension was lessened.
Taveras, who was signed out of the Dominican Republic, made his professional debut last season by hitting .300 with a .361 on-base percentage and .369 slugging percentage in 40 games for the Nationals’ rookie-level Gulf Coast League team.
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