Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. suspended 50 games for PEDs
Kansas City Royals prospect Raul Mondesi Jr. has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for using performance enhancing drugs, the league announced Tuesday.
The shortstop tested positive for the drug Clenbuterol, The suspension was reduced from 80 games to 50 games after Mondesi showed the substance could be found in cold medicine.
In 2006, Guillermo Mota received a 50 game suspension for the same drug. He tested positive for Clenbuterol again in 2012 as a member of the New York Mets and was slapped with a 100-game ban.
Mondesi has played in 25 games for the Double A Northwest Arkansas Nationals so far this season. He was hitting .250 with 5 home runs and 15 RBIs. Last fall, he became the first player in Major League history to make his Major League debut in the World Series.
MLB.com ranked Mondesi as the Royals’ top prospect before the season.