The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Two of them are members of the Reds Minor League system.
Reds Minor League third baseman Ernest "Niko" Vasquez and right-handed pitcher James "Jamie" Walczak have each been suspended for 50 games without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine. The suspensions of Vasquez and Walczak, who are currently on the roster of the Single-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League, will be effective at the start of next season.
Vasquez, a 3rd round pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2008 Draft, compiled a slash line of .235/.323/.378 with four homers and 22 RBI is 66 games this year. He also smacked 18 doubles and scored 35 runs.
Walczak, a 15th round selection in the 2009 Draft, was 4-5 with a 5.65 ERA in 39 appearances (13 starts) for Single-A Bakersfield this season. He recorded 120 strikeouts in 100.1 innings pitched while posting a 1.555 WHIP.