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Braves prospect Billy Bullock suspended 50 games

Dec 21, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

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Braves pitching prospect Billy Bullock has been suspended 50 games following a second violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program for a “drug of abuse.”

Bullock was Minnesota’s second-round pick in 2009 out of the University of Florida, but the Twins traded him to the Braves for the ability to keep Rule 5 pick Scott Diamond in the minors instead of the big-league roster in 2011.

Bullock throws in the mid-90s and has impressive strikeout totals at every level, totaling 283 in 218 career innings, but he’s also walked 6.0 batters per nine frames and was a mess between Double-A and Triple-A this year.

Diamond, meanwhile, has developed into a middle-of-the-rotation starter for the Twins with a 3.82 ERA in 212 career innings in the majors.

  1. crawdaddybob - Dec 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Seriously!?! To quote Charles Barkley…knucklehead!

  2. Glenn - Dec 21, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    Was it an “improper hat wearing” violation? Am I just a grumpy old man?

  3. tg1896 - Dec 22, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    Yes – you’re a grumpy old man. And I agree with you.

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