Brewers' West suspended 100 games

Milwaukee left-hander, 21, tests positive for a third time

Will West has appeared in 29 career Minor League games since 2011. (Rinaldi Photos)

By Danny Wild / | January 14, 2014 5:14 PM ET

Brewers Minor Leaguer Will West, already serving a banned substance-related suspension from August, was banned for 100 more games Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance for a third time.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said the left-hander received a 100-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, as well as a third positive test for a drug of abuse.

The suspension of West will be effective upon completion of his current 50-game suspension, which began on Aug. 5, 2013.

West, 21, pitched in three games last season for the Rookie-level Arizona League Brewers, allowing four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He split the 2012 season between Class A Wisconsin and Rookie-level Helena, finishing the year 1-5 with a 7.30 ERA in 13 starts after debuting in 2011 in the AZL.

The lefty from Tallahassee, Fla., attended Georgia Tech and Tallahassee Community College after going to Chiles High School and North Florida Christian School, where he threw back-to-back no hitters during the 2009 season. He never pitched collegiately, though, and quit baseball while in college. The southpaw then moved back home to work in construction but was scouted by the Brewers during a summer adult league game and later signed a free agent contract with the organization in 2011.

West is the sixth player to be suspended in 2014 for violating the Minor League drug program and the second to receive a 100-game ban.

Danny Wild is an editor for Follow his MLBlog, 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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