Cardinals righty Pierce suspended

St. Louis pitcher, 22, was team's eighth-round pick in 2013

Andrew Pierce did not allow a home run in 42 2/3 innings in his first season. (Mark Olson/

By Danny Wild / | January 22, 2014 4:30 PM ET

Cardinals Minor League right-hander Andrew Pierce, the club's eighth-round pick in last year's Draft, was suspended for 50 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a banned substance.

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball said Pierce received a 50-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.

MLB said the suspension will be effective at the start of the 2014 New York-Penn League season.

Pierce, 22, was drafted out of Southern Miss after going 16-6 with a 2.30 ERA in 207 innings for the Golden Eagles. He joined the Cardinals in June and went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in a dozen appearances, including seven starts, for Class A Short-Season State College. The 6-foot-3 right-hander also pitched in the playoffs, helping the Spikes reach the New York-Penn League Championship series against Tri-City.

MLB has has suspended nine players this year for violating the Minor League drug program.

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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