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Yankees minor leaguer among three suspended

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Here’s the official release from Major League Baseball.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have received 50-game suspensions after each tested positive for substances in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program:

• Pitcher Rony Bautista of the New York Yankees organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for a metabolite of Boldenone.

• Pitcher Roberto Toribio of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization (Dominican Summer League) has been suspended after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.

• Outfielder Miguel Negron of the Chicago White Sox organization (Triple-A Charlotte of the International League) has been suspended for a second positive test for a drug of abuse.


I can’t find a single record of any pitcher named Bautista pitching anywhere in the Yankees system last year. The Yankees have two DSL teams, and Rony Bautista doesn’t appear in the season stats for either team. He doesn’t show up in 2008 either, and the team’s media guide doesn’t list him among the Yankees minor leaguers. I don’t doubt Bautista has signed a contract with the Yankees, it just seems that he’s a long, long way from being especially active in the organization. I’ve certainly never heard of him.




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