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Padres prospect Donavan Tate suspended for drugs

Jun 28, 2011, 5:13 PM EDT

Donavan Tate - Bowman

Major League Baseball just announced that Donavan Tate, who was the third overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, has been suspended for a drug of abuse (meaning not traditional PEDs).  To get a 50-game suspension as Tate just received, you had to have tested positive twice. Tate has already sat out for 25 games, however, while going through a drug treatment program, and the 50 game suspension will be retroactive to that.

On the year the 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .294/.368/.471 for low-A Eugene and high-A Ft. Wayne.

  1. b7p19 - Jun 28, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Shoot me now. Another waste of a top pick. Should have let him go to UNC to play football like he was going to. Would have fit right in.

    • spudchukar - Jun 28, 2011 at 5:58 PM

      Rumors are heating up that the Padres may send both Heath Bell and Jason Bartlett to the Cards for valuable prospects. The primary reason I put credence upon this story is the fact that the two teams have been trading partners for some time. The Cards are expected to pick up almost 4 mil of the remaining salaries, and the Padres have indicated that if moves are to be made they want to do it soon.

      • jamie54 - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:10 PM

        Believe it when I see it. Could see Bell going but if Bartlett goes then who plays short? Cabrera is still a project and they have absolutely no one unless you want to throw Gonzalez out there.

      • Kevin S. - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Does it matter what min-sal scrub they stick in there? They’re not going anywhere this year, and it would be foolish to give up whatever future help Bartlett might bring them.

      • spudchukar - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

        Bartlett is part of the deal, cause the Red Birds have come to the realization that Theriot can no longer play SS. Playing at AAA Memphis for St. Louis are both Peter Kozma and Tyler Greene, both 1st round draft choices, that have seen playing time this year for the Cards, and project as above average defenders.

      • paperlions - Jun 28, 2011 at 8:39 PM

        That would make absolutely no sense. Barlett isn’t much (if any) better than Theriot on defense. Theriot has the worst UZR150 of any SS this year, Bartlett is 7th from last. He actually has worse range and is worse at turning the DB than Theriot…he just hasn’t made as many errors this year. The last year Bartlett had a + UZR at SS was 2008….the best he has been since then was -6.9. Bartlett is the same age as Theriot (31)….he’s likely never going to be an average defender again.

        Guess who has the 5th highest UZR150 for SS this year and has been worth more than Theriot? Yep, Bendan Ryan (1.3 WAR to 0.6 WAR). I just hope they don’t make another stupid move to try to fix their other stupid moves.

  2. jamie54 - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Mix up a young kid with lots of money, injuries, lots of down time, now we know what he was doing in his off hours.

  3. whitneymuse - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    And, coming to San Diego, and the climate of So. CA. It’s an easy place to get distracted if your compass spins at will.

    • birdman6824 - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

      On the year the 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .294/.368/.471 for low-A Eugene and high-A Ft. Wayne

      Neither is in So. Ca., and I can guarantee Ft. Wayne has nowhere near So. Ca.’s climate.

  4. schlom - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM

    Looks like the Padres have wasted their top pick 7 years in a row now (although it’s still early on Tate but he’ll have played about 60 games going into next season):

    Top pick since 2004: Matt Bush, Cesar Carrillo, Matt Antonelli, Nick Schmidt, Allan Dykstra, Donovan Tate, and Karsten Whitson.

    That’s an epic run of incompetence. Amazing that they’ve been as successful as they have been lately.

  5. whitneymuse - Jun 28, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    The Pads have to make a statement with this and let it be known that they don’t want to carry less than serious baseball players on their team.
    Otherwise you’re going to have to hire a baseball “nanny” to keep the young guys focused on playing ball.

  6. dexterismyhero - Jun 29, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Wake and Bake Tate?

  7. koufaxmitzvah - Jun 29, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    “A drug of abuse” is pretty vague for a 50 game suspension. I wonder if baseball would have suspended Tate if he was caught drinking out of a keg at the underage of 20.

    (I’m thinking, No.)

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