Yankees and Twins prospects suspended 50 games for drug use

May 15, 2007: Yankee pitcher Roger Clemens speaks breifly at a press conference at Legends field. During the presser a stained glass statue of the Yankees logo hangs on the wall.
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New York Yankees prospect Matt Marsh and Minnesota Twins prospect Cam Booser have each been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for recreational drugs. Neither of the 25-year-olds has debuted in the major leagues yet.

Marsh has split the 2017 season between New York’s High-A ball affiliate in Tampa and its Double-A team in Trenton. The right-handed pitcher has worked 15 games overall out of relief, posting a combined 3-2 record with a 2.49 ERA. In 21.2 innings of work, he has struck out 28 batters.

His professional career began with the Yankees back in 2014 after he signed as an undrafted free agent, having played his collegiate ball at Liberty University. A native of Clinton, Tenn., Marsh has gone 13-9 in his minor league career with a 2.42 ERA and 1.168 WHIP to go along with eight saves.

Booser has been limited in his action with Minnesota’s High-A affiliate in Fort Myers this season. He has made just three appearances and worked 2.2 innings, not having allowed a hit, but having walked seven batters without striking anyone out and allowing an earned run.

Last season, the Seattle, Wash., native made 21 appearances and went a combined 0-4 with an 8.53 ERA over 25.1 innings of work. He underwent shoulder surgery following the 2015 season, limiting him in his action.

He first signed with the Twins franchise in 2013 after playing collegiately at Central Arizona College. Over his five years spent in the minor leagues, he has gone 2-11 with a 4.29 ERA and 12 saves for his career. He was ranked as highly as Minnesota’s No. 27 overall prospect back in the summer of 2015 by MLB.com.

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