Brewers' Delmonico suspended 50 games

Crew's No. 17 prospect out after testing positive for amphetamine

Nick Delmonico is batting .156 against lefties and .294 against right-handers this season. (Cliff Welch/

By Danny Wild / | July 28, 2014 6:22 PM ET

Brewers No. 17 prospect Nick Delmonico was suspended for 50 games on Monday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said the Brevard County third baseman received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension is effective immediately.

The 22-year-old Delmonico is batting .262 with four home runs, 15 RBIs, a pair of steal and a .300 on-base percentage in 37 games this season. The Tennessee native, who began the year ranked by as Milwaukee's No. 6 prospect, was originally drafted by the Orioles in the sixth round of the 2012 Draft and was later traded to Milwaukee in exchange for All-Star reliever Francisco Rodriguez last July.

The 6-foot-2 infielder, who bats left and throws right-handed, split last season between Brevard County and the Frederick Keys, Baltimore's Class A Advanced Carolina League affiliate, where he hit a combined .232 with 13 homers, 39 RBIs and a .346 OBP in 82 games. He debuted a year earlier with Class A Delmarva, where he hit .249 with 54 RBIs in 95 games as a South Atlantic League All-Star.

Delmonico is the 38th player to be suspended this year for violating the Minor League drug program.

Danny Wild is an editor for 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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