The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Wednesday that Detroit Minor League right-handed pitcher Juan Alcantara has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Alcantara is 4-1 with a 2.33 ERA in eight starts for the Tigers' Dominican Summer League team. His suspension, which comes one day after his 19th birthday, is effective immediately.
The right-hander went 4-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 17 games, including three starts, last season in the DSL. He signed with Detroit as a free agent in October 2011.
Stanozolol is a synthetic anabolic steroid derived from testosterone that is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to encourage muscle growth, red blood cell production, bone density and to stimulate the appetite of weakened animals. It's also been linked to body builders and several former Major Leaguers players.
Alcantara is the 37th player to be suspended for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program in 2013 and the 11th player this month.