Phillies prospect Fidel Hernandez, a Florida State League All-Star in 2009, was suspended 50 games on Tuesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Hernandez was one of two players disciplined on Tuesday; free-agent outfielder Ben Harrison received a 100-game suspension for his violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, including the purchase and the use of amphetamines.
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced both suspensions, the 21st and 22nd suspensions this year under the Minor League drug program.
Hernandez tested positive for stanozolol. Signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as a free agent out of Venezuela on March 12, 2003, the 24-year-old was batting .278 with no homers, six RBIs and a pair of steals through 18 games for the Class A Advanced Clearwater Threshers this season. He spent the entire '09 campaign in Clearwater and batted .265 with two home runs and 35 RBIs as a
Harrison, who was most recently a member of the Florida Marlins organization, will serve his 100 game ban immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.
Harrison split the 2009 season between Class A Advanced Jupiter, Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Oklahoma City, batting a combined .199 with 11 long balls and 41 RBIs. The 28-year-old Key West, Fla., native, a 2008 Texas League All-Star, was originally selected by Texas in the seventh round of the 2004 Draft out of the University of Florida, where he hit .343 with 40 homers, 192 RBIs and 37 steals over a four-year collegiate career.
His 40 home runs and 192 RBIs each rank second all-time in Gators history, behind Major League veteran Brad Wilkerson.
The suspensions come three days after Dodgers prospect Andrew Lambo was banned 50 games for a positive test.