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Happy 21st birthday: Phillies prospect Zach Collier suspended for amphetamines

Sep 8, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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Phillies prospect Zach Collier, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2008, has been suspended 50 games by MLB after testing positive for an amphetamine.

The kicker: Today is his 21st birthday.

Collier is a left-handed-hitting outfielder who missed all of 2010 with injuries and spent this season at low Single-A, batting just .255 with a .328 on-base percentage and .349 slugging percentage in 112 games. He did swipe 35 bases, but was thrown out 13 times and managed just one homer while striking out 99 times.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes that Collier is the sixth Phillies prospect to be suspended this season, which is the most in baseball.

  1. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 8, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I need to hear more….was he slamming meth in the clubhouse? Was he buying Ritalin from the shady clubhouse manager? Or did he get a Rx without getting approval from whoever handles those things? Which ever it was it doesn’t really change the fact that he is a dumbass.

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Sep 8, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Check out the line-up Charlie is throwing out there tonight:
    Victorino, Valez, Polanco, Pence, Mayberry Jr., Chooch, Francisco, Martinez, Hamels.

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:26 PM

      That’s 3 bench players starting tonight, 4 if you count Mayberry as a bench player… Hamels better pitch a shutout tonight.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:29 PM

        I have a feeling that Ben Francisco is going to have a big game.

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 8, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    The future for this kid is murky.

    • D.J. Short - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:05 PM

      At best.

      • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:21 PM

        Damn, did DJ just give me an “oh snap” moment in the comments section? SNAP!

      • D.J. Short - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:22 PM

        Saw an opening, took it.

  4. cup0pizza - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Everyone in the Phillies organization is a scumbag.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Thanks once again for your tremendous insight.

  5. wintwins - Sep 8, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    21st birthday AND suspended from his job?

    This guy will be hitting the bars hard tonight.

  6. aaronmoreno - Sep 8, 2011 at 7:18 PM

    6 PED suspensions this year alone, and the best record in baseball.

    No connection at all, nothing to see here! Move along people!

  7. bdawk20 - Sep 9, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    1) Amphetamines are not necessarily PED’s
    2) Best record in baseball = Halladay, Lee, Hamels, Oswalt, Worley
    (Do you really want to get into a PED conversation with Halladay, Lee, Hamels, and Oswalt??)
    3) Phillies “prospects” have only tested positive (The one player on the active roster who tested positive was JC Romero, who is no longer a Phillie)

    Anything else to say?

    • koufaxmitzvah - Sep 9, 2011 at 7:41 AM

      You’re funny.

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