Mets minor league pitcher suspended 50 games for drugs
NEW YORK (AP) A minor league pitcher for the New York Mets has been suspended 50 games after a second positive drug test.
The commissioner's office penalized 23-year-old Brandon Welch on Friday for taking a drug of abuse.
Welch was 2-2 with a 5.18 ERA last season for Class A Brooklyn. The right-hander was a fifth-round pick in the 2012 draft.
There have been four players suspended this year under the minor league drug program.
Last month, Mets minor league infielder L.J. Mazzilli drew a 50-game drug ban. He is the son of former Mets star Lee Mazzilli.