Coty Blanchard Suspended 50 Games After Positive Amphetamine Test

Bowling Green Hot Rods infielder/outfielder Coty Blanchard has been suspended for 50 games for violating the terms of Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program after testing positive for an amphetamine.

He is the first Hot Rods player to be suspended by Minor League Baseball during a season since four players, including Ryan Brett and Josh Sale, were suspended within a week in August 2012.

Eight more have been suspended since 2012 after playing in Bowling Green, including Tim Beckham, Taylor Guerreri, Alex Colome and Spencer Edwards – a 2012 second-round pick who played 54 games for the Hot Rods last season.

Hot Rods manager Reinaldo Ruiz could not be reached for comment. The Hot Rods begin a three game series at Kane County (Ill.) at 6:30 p.m. today, the start of a six-game road trip.

Blanchard was hitting .314 for the Hot Rods in 39 games with 44 hits, 36 runs scored and 14 RBIs. He had two hits and three runs scored in BG’s 8-4 win Monday against Great Lakes (Mich.).

Blanchard played football and baseball at Jacksonville State before being drafted in the 15th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He will be eligible to return July 29 against West Michigan.

Courtesy: Bowling Green DN

Update: {According to published reports, Coty Blanchard’s father, Fran Blanchard, was in contact with his son on Wednesday morning. He said the substance the former Cherokee County High School and Jacksonville State University standout tested positive for was an over the counter supplement called "Assault" from GNC. Fran Blanchard says his son is appealing the suspension}


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