Blue Jays prospect Hollon suspended

Lugnuts right-hander, 20, to miss 50 games following positive test

Clinton Hollon is 4-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 18 career Minor League games. (Kyle Castle/Lansing Lugnuts)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | August 21, 2015 7:11 PM

NEW YORK -- Clinton Hollon, the Blue Jays' No. 13 prospect, was suspended 50 games on Friday after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said Hollon, a right-hander with Class A Lansing, received a 50-game ban without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension is effectively immediately, ending Hollon's season.

The 20-year-old was Toronto's second-round pick in the 2013 Draft out of Woodford County High School in Kentucky. He missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and was 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA in nine starts for Class A Short Season Vancouver before earning a promotion to Lansing on Aug. 5.

In the Midwest League, Hollon was 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA in three starts, striking out five over 13 1/3 innings. He last pitched on Sunday at Kane County, although his best outing came in his Class A debut, when he held Wisconsin to one hit over seven frames for the win.

Amphetamines are considered a stimulant and a performance-enhancing substance by the Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Minor Leaguers who test positive for PEDs are subject to at least a 50-game suspension for their first violation, with many this season getting 80-game bans.

Major League Baseball has issued 79 suspensions to 78 players this year for violations of the Minor League drug program.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. Follow his MLBlog column, Minoring in Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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