Angels' Ramirez banned 100 games

Arkansas catcher tests positive for drug of abuse for third time

Carlos Ramirez has appeared in 339 Minor League games over five years. (Jordan Megenhardt)

By Danny Wild / | January 2, 2014 6:09 PM ET

Angels Minor League catcher Carlos Ramirez was suspended for 100 games on Thursday after testing positive for a banned substance for a third time.

Ramirez, 25, will miss the majority of the 2014 season after the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball indicated the Double-A Arkansas catcher was suspended without pay after a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Ramirez hit .206 with six homers, 22 RBIs, a stolen base and a .301 on-base percentage in 48 Texas League games last year with the Travelers, the Angels' Double-A affiliate. He's seen time at Arkansas in each of the last three seasons after debuting in 2009 with Rookie-level Orem.

The Tucson native's best season so far came in 2011 when he hit .312 with seven homers, 41 RBIs and a .385 OBP across three levels to earn Organization All-Star honors.

Minor Leaguers who test positive for a drug of abuse are issued a warning upon their first violation and are then suspended 50 games for a second positive test. Players who test positive a third time are then subject to a 100-game ban. Two players in 2013, the Tigers' Cesar Carrillo and the Reds' Dan Tuttle, received 100-game suspensions.

Ramirez, a right-handed catcher, was the Angels' eigth-round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Arizona State. He's the first player to be suspended in 2014 for violating the Minor League drug program -- the Commissioner's Office handed out 60 suspensions in 2013 after banning 105 players in 2012.

Danny Wild is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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