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Cardinals minor leaguer suspended 50 games for “drug of abuse”

Sep 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Alan Ahmady, a first base prospect and former 11th-round draft pick in the Cardinals’ farm system, was suspended for 50 games after a second positive test for a “drug of abuse.”

Because the minor-league season is over Ahmady will serve his punishment next year, essentially missing one-third of the 2013 campaign that he’ll probably spend at Double-A after hitting .299 with four homers and an .839 OPS in 76 games at high Single-A this year.

While the handful of big-league suspensions have gotten all the headlines, nearly 100 minor leaguers have been suspended this season as part of the drug treatment and prevention program.

  1. dondada10 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Must be Friday.

  2. Joe - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:31 AM

    The fact that he’s in the minors doesn’t really make him a prospect, does it? A 24 year-old with marginal power in A ball? Organizational soldier, I’d say.

    • Tim's Neighbor - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      I think he’s -technically- still a prospect. Just not a good (or smart) one by the looks of it.

      • paperlions - Sep 7, 2012 at 1:40 PM

        Nah, he’s not a prospect. Prospects have some prospect of becoming useful MLB players. The vast majority of minor league players are just the guys for prospects to play against as they develop….that is exactly what Ahmady is.

  3. thefalcon123 - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    MLB’s list of Drugs of Abuse

    Natural cannabinoids (e.g., THC, hashish and marijuana)
    Synthetic THC and cannabimimetics (e.g., K2 and Spice)
    Opiates (e.g., oxycodone, heroin, codeine, and morphine)
    MDMA (Ecstasy)
    Phencyclidine (PCP)

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      GHB? Do people take that recreationally?

    • okobojicat - Sep 7, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      Say it ain’t so! How will we ever find the Kwisatz Haderach

      • lazlosother - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

        And we can pretty much kiss interstellar travel goodbye.

  4. willclarkgameface - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Damn you B12!

  5. okwhitefalcon - Sep 7, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I think the path between the bong and his mouth should be questioned, that chain of evidence thing and all.

  6. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 7, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Just waiting for Craigs defense……

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