Mariners farmhand Snow suspended

Fifty-game suspension will be effective at start of 2014 season

Tacoma's Forrest Snow held PCL hitters to a .228 average this season. (Jamie Harms/

By John Parker / | September 17, 2013 1:03 PM ET

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Tuesday that Seattle Mariners Minor League pitcher Forrest Snow has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Snow, 24, who is currently on the roster of Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, will be effective at the start of the 2014 season.

A Seattle native and University of Washington product, Snow was a 36th-round pick in the 2010 Draft. The 6-foot-6 right-hander went 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA in 42 appearances (two of them starts) for Tacoma and Double-A Jackson in 2013, striking out 84 batters in 82 innings.

Snow's 2013 campaign was his strongest since 2010. He posted a 6.35 ERA in 2012 and a 5.09 mark in 2011, primarily as a starter. As a rookie in 2010, Snow opened his professional career with 25 1/3 scoreless innings -- allowing just eight hits -- over 10 games for Class A Short-Season Everett. Later that summer, after a promotion to full-season Clinton, he posted a 1.35 ERA in 15 Midwest League relief appearances.

John Parker is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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