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West suspended for 50 games08/30/2007 12:15 PM ET
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Matt West, the Rangers' second-round pick from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended for 50 games effective immediately for testing positive to a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The announcement was made on Thursday morning by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. West, 18, was playing for the Arizona Rookie League Rangers, and he was hitting .301, with 21 runs scored, no home runs and 17 RBIs in 29 games and 103 at-bats this season. West was the 80th overall pick out of Houston Bellaire High School, where he hit .575, with eight home runs, 43 RBIs and 31 stolen bases as a senior. He's the second Minor League Player from the Rangers to be suspended for 50 games this season. Triple-A Oklahoma pitcher Francisco Cruceta was also suspended earlier this season. Cruceta has served his suspension and has resumed pitching for the RedHawks.
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