Major League Baseball announced on Tuesday that Jays' prospect, righthanded pitcher Marcus Stroman has been suspended 50 games, testing positive for a banned substance that the club identified as Methylhexaneamine, one of 56 stimulants on the MLB list.
Stroman was selected 22nd overall in the June 2012 draft out of Duke University, receiving a signing bonus of $1.8 million. He was awarded as compensation for the Jays not signing their first round pick, Tyler Beede in 2011. Stroman began his career at A-Vancouver, of the Northwest League, then was promoted to AA-New Hampshire. Experts predicted that Stroman could be the first selection from the '12 draft to reach the majors.
"Despite taking precautions to avoid violating the Minor League testing program, I unknowingly ingested a banned stimulant that was in an over-the-counter supplement," Stroman said. "Nonetheless, I accept full responsibility and I want to apologize to the Toronto Blue Jays organization, my family, my teammates, and the Blue Jays fans everywhere. I look forward to putting this behind me and rejoining my teammates.”
Stroman will sit out the last seven games for the Fisher Cats and the first 43 of next season. He will be allowed to participate in spring training and spring games.
"Obviously, you never expect something like that to happen," Jays' assistant GM Tony LaCava said. "That being said, it's a stiff penalty for him to pay. He unknowingly took a product that was over the counter, had a stimulant in it and the burden is on the player, so he's obviously going to pay the price. To his credit, he's standing up to it. He made a mistake, he ingested it and he's accountable for that. The 50 games is the price he's going to have to pay."