Minor League Baseball handed down some suspensions on Friday evening and included in that group was right-handed pitcher Christian Charle, who spent the 2018 season with the DSL Pirates. According to JJ Cooper from Baseball America, he will serve a 72-game suspension for a failed drug test due to stanozolol. That will cost him the entire 2019 season.
The Dominican-born Charle was signed at 17 years old this past April. He made three starts and 11 relief appearances, posting a 6.04 ERA in 28.1 innings, with 23 walks and 20 strikeouts. Charle was not among the large group of players invited from the DSL to the Fall Instructional League back in September, so he was likely going to return to the DSL next year before this suspension happened.
He is the second DSL player suspended this year. Right-handed pitcher Eddison Polonia was suspended in August and has already begun serving his 72-game suspension, knocking off 21 games prior to the end of the 2018 season. Polonia also received his suspension for stanozolol.