Miami Marlins Prospect Kolby Copeland Gets Suspended 50 Games

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The Miami Marlins have not had that much bad luck in the recent years in the MLB draft. They managed to make nice picks like a Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich and Jose Fernandez. However, it seems that the team’s luck in the draft faded at one of the team’s third-round supplemental draft picks in 2012, Kolby Copeland, has been suspended for the first 50 games of the 2013 season after refusing to take an off-season drug test.

Copeland was drafted out of high school with the 127th pick. He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Marlins and batted .286 with 14 doubles, no home runs and 34 RBI. After the team wrapped up play, he was promoted to Single-A Jamestown for six games.

Copeland is one of six minor leaguers who refused to take a drug test. Under compliance with the Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball drug programs, those who refuse to take a drug test are automatically guilty for a failed drug test.

Copeland was scheduled to be an outfielder for the Single-A Batavia of the New York-Penn League this season. He received a $367,200 signing bonus from the Marlins. Copeland was even rated as the No. 18 prospect by Baseball America this season.

Copeland could be the future of the meadows that range in Marlins Park. However, with Copeland not taking a drug test, it shows bad character and that is the last thing the organization needs at this point in time.

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