Cubs Prospect Suspended Over the Weekend

In spite of their many shortcomings in the eyes of much of the general public, there are several things that Major League Baseball can be commended for. One of those things is how quickly their news bulletins and press releases are usually distributed to both the media and public, particularly when it involves the suspension of a minor league player.

According to various news bulletins released by Major League Baseball, a total of 25 minor league players have been suspended since Jan. 1, 2007, for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The most recent player to be suspended for violating that program is Cubs pitching prospect Scott Taylor, who will be forced to sit 50 games next year once minor league play begins, it was announced on Saturday.

Taylor, 20, was selected in the fifth round of the 2005 draft from Hermitage High School in Richmond, Va. A right-handed pitcher, he was 4-11 with a 5.74 ERA with Class-A Daytona in 94 innings this season.

Major League Baseball did not say exactly what substance or "drug of abuse," as it was actually termed, that Taylor tested positive for.

It is also not clear whether or not the drug of abuse in which Taylor tested positive for is considered performance-enhancing.

The Cubs have to date made no formal comment on Taylor's suspension.

Taylor is the first Cubs minor league player to be suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention Program in well over two years.

In March of 2005, seven Cubs minor league players each received 15-game suspensions for testing positive for banned substances.

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