Two members of the Nationals’ Class AA Harrisburg roster have been suspended 50 games a piece after testing positive for amphetamines.
Outfielder Edgardo Baez and infielder Ofilio Castro each were found in violation of the minor league Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, having tested positive for amphetamines, which the sport classifies as a performance enhancing drug. The suspensions take place immediately, and since the minor league season ends in early September, they will carry over into 2010.
Neither player is considered among the Nationals’ top prospects, though Castro was hitting .296 with four homers and 36 RBI in 96 games this season. Baez was batting .254 with nine homers and 28 RBI in 101 games.