Three minor league baseball players — Eudor Garcia, Xavier Turner and Austin Wright — were handed suspensions on Friday for violating the league’s drug abuse policy.
Garcia, Mets property, was suspended 100 games after testing positive for drugs of abuse, which, by Major League Baseball protocol, include cocaine, marijuana, heroin, LSD, ecstasy and other opiates. It was the third time Garcia was handed a suspension. Formerly of El Paso Junior College, he was selected by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB Draft. He slashed .296/.340/.442 with nine home runs at Class-A Savannah in 2015. He was 5-for-14 with St. Lucie this season prior to the discipline. In January 2016, he received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for banned substances bumetanide and furosemide.
Turner, a designated hitter in the Rangers organization, played college baseball at Vanderbilt. He was selected in the 19th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He earned Northwest-Pioneer League All-Star Game MVP in his first season as a pro. Like Garcia, the most recent suspension marks Turner’s third. He received a 50-game suspension without pay last September.
Wright, 27, is currently in Double-A Hartford, an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies. He was originally drafted in the eighth round by the Phillies in 2011 after playing his college ball at Ole Miss. He tested positive for Clomiphene.
Wright has never cleared the Double-A hurdle despite being in the midst of his seventh year in the minors. He was a top 30 prospect for the Phillies from 2011-13.