Brewers' Williams suspended 50 games

Right-hander is second Manatees player to test positive this week

Mark Williams is 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 24 games with Brevard County. (Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers)

By Danny Wild / | August 1, 2014 6:21 PM ET

Brewers reliever Mark Williams was suspended for 50 games on Friday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball indicated that the Brewers' Minor League right-hander 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.

Williams, a reliever for Class A Advanced Brevard County, is the second Manatees player to test positive for an amphetamine this week -- Brewers No. 17 prospect Nick Delmonico was suspended for 50 games Monday after testing positive for the same performance-enhancing drug after appearing in 37 games with Brevard County this season.

Williams, signed by the Brewers out of an independent league in 2011, is 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA in 24 games between the Manatees and Class A Wisconsin. He's struck out 25 batters in 29 innings while walking 13 and holding batters to a .151 average. The right-hander from Marietta College hasn't allowed a home run this year and has turned in scoreless efforts in eight of his last 10 Florida State League outings.

The 24-year-old debuted in 2011 with Rookie-level Helena, appearing in six games, before spending 2012 with Wisconsin, where he combined with teammate Chad Thompson on a no-hitter against Clinton on May 4, 2012. He went 4-0 with a 3.57 ERA in 28 games last year between Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.

Williams is the 41st 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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