Two Dominican Summer League pitchers have been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Pitching prospects Anyel Beato (Cubs) and Oliver Polanco (Dodgers) have been given 72-game bans after testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol, the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday afternoon.
Stanozolol is considered a performance-enhancing substance by the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and is one of the most well-known anabolic steroids in use. It can help rebuild muscles, increase red blood cell production and improve bone density. It was the drug for which Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive after winning the gold medal in the 1988 Olympics.
2017 Minor League suspensions
Beato was first signed by the D-backs out of his native Dominican Republic in February 2015 but was released last October following two seasons with the organization -- one in the DSL and another in the Arizona League. The 21-year-old right-hander signed with the Cubs on July 5 and gave up nine earned runs on 18 hits and five walks in 14 1/3 innings for the DSL Cubs 2 this season.
Polanco, another Domincan Republic native, had just finished up his second campaign with a Dodgers DSL club. Also a 21-year-old right-hander, he allowed six runs on 14 hits and 12 walks while fanning 12 over 19 frames this season for the DSL Dodgers 1.
Major League Baseball has suspended 66 players this year for violating the Minor League drug program.