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Blue Jays prospect Mitchell Taylor suspended 50 games for drug violation

03/09/2012 06:49 EST | Updated 05/09/2012 05:12 EDT
OAKLAND, Calif. - Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Mitchell Taylor has been suspended 50 games for violations of baseball's minor league drug program.

The Associated Press reported Friday that it was Taylor's second violation for a drug of abuse.

Taylor is on the roster of Bluefield of the rookie-level Appalachian League. The 19-year-old Spring, Texas, native was drafted by the Jays in the seventh round (216th overall) in 2010. Last year he went 4-2 with a 4.23 earned-runs average with 61 strikes outs in eight games started.

Taylor hails from the same high school and hometown as Red Sox ace Josh Beckett.

Twenty players have been suspended this year under the minor league drug program, including seven for drugs of abuse.

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