Card's Prospect Faces Suspension

By Craig Phelps

St. Louis, Mo – The St. Louis Cardinal’s minor league prospect, Cody Stanley, was one of two players to receive a 50-game suspension on Tuesday, according to the MLB’s Commissioners office.

Stanley, a 23 year old catching prospect, was joined by the Minnesota Twin’s minor league prospect, Aaron Thompson, in the suspension as both players violated the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Methylexanemine and Tamoxifen were both found in Stanley’s system while Thompson had failed his second test for abuse of an unspecified drug.

Owen Gibson of The Guardian wrote an article in March of 2011 outlining facts about Methylhexaneamine.  According to Gibson, this mild stimulant is found primarily in nutritional supplements and slimming pills.  It has been the result of many athletes testing positive for drug use.  Methylhexaneamine was added to the Anti-Doping Agency’s banned list in 2010.

Tamoxifen, according to the National Cancer Institute, is a female hormone that is commonly used to treat breast cancer in men and women.  It attempts to slow or stop the growth of cancer cells by working against estrogen in the body.  Tamoxifen’s side effects include headaches, nausea, skin rashes, impotence, and decrease sexual interest among men.

Stanley was the Cardinal’s fourth round draft pick in 2010.  He played rookie ball for the majority of the 2010 season and made just two appearances in single A ball that year.  The Clinton, North Carolina native spent the entirety of the 2011 season playing single A ball in the Quad Cities where he hit .264 in 379 at bats and 101 games with 66 RBI’s, homered 11 times, hit 24 doubles, 2 triples, and crossed the plate 54 times; Stanley struck out on 92 different occasions while drawing only 27 walks this past year for the River Bandits.

The Cardinal’s organization has yet to release a statement in regards to Stanley’s 50-game suspension.

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