2014 Pirates Draft Pick Suspended For HGH

Pittsburgh Pirates 17th round draft Michael Clemens has been suspended 68 games after testing positive for HGH. The right-hander has been pitching this year for Bristol, where he had a 1.00 ERA over 18 innings in 13 appearances. The 21-year-old went to McNeese State and signed shortly after the draft.

The total number of games in the suspension was explained in the link above by Danny Wild of MiLB.com:

“Under the rules of the new Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for Rookie and Short-Season leagues, a first violation receives a discipline of 80 games or the total number of regular-season games in the league, whichever is shorter.”

Author: John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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  • LetsGoMarauders

    Dumb dumb dumb. In this day and age of testing doing something like this is just dumb. There are too many guys out there who stay clean and want to play ball. You just can’t so this kind of thing.

  • rip55

    i have been using hgh for years, its all about masking it. ya gotta pay to play in this cat and mouse world we live in.

  • Asd

    I’m still for mandatory weekly blood tests for all professional athletes….. I’m tired of question marks around guys who might be over performing.

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