Blue Jays' Lebron among three suspended

Mets' Pereyra, Reds' Lantigua handed 72-game punishments

Jackxarel Lebron (left) spent the 2019 season with the GCL Blue Jays. (Tom Hagerty/MiLB.com)

By Danny Wild / MiLB.com | November 8, 2019 5:01 PM

NEW YORK -- Blue Jays Minor League pitcher Jackxarel Lebron and a pair of Dominican Summer Leaguers were suspended on Friday after all three tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Lebron, a 16th-round pick in this year's Draft, received a 52-game suspension after testing positive for Boldenone. The Reds' Israel Lantigua and the Mets' Amaury Pereyra were given 72-game bans after getting flagged for using Stanozolol.

All three players will serve their suspensions when their teams' seasons begin in 2020.

Lebron went 2-2 with an 11.32 ERA in seven relief outings with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays this summer. The 19-year-old struck out seven and walked nine over 10 1/3 innings after Toronto drafted him out of Puerto Rico's International Baseball Academy in Ceiba.

2019 Minor League suspensions

Lantigua signed with Cincinnati in May 2017 and has appeared in 50 games in the Rookie-level DSL over three seasons. The 20-year-old right-hander is 1-1 with a 5.57 ERA in 76 innings during his career.

The Mets signed Pereyra on Aug. 9 out of the Dominican Republic. Fitting in three appearances before season's end, the 6-foot-5 right-hander allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout over three innings for the DSL Mets 2, just before turning 20 in September.

Friday's bans bring to 47 the number of Minor Leaguers who have been suspended for drug-related violations this year.

Danny Wild is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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