On Friday, Taylor Guerrieri — the first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft — was handed a 50-game ban from MLB for reportedly violating the league’s drug policy for the second time in the last year. Guerrieri’s drug of choice is believed to be marijuana, but that has yet to be confirmed. Now, before you start bashing the 20-year-old pitcher for possibly ruining his career with drugs, take a look at a couple of Tampa Bay prospects with similar issues.
Tim Beckham was the Rays’ top pick in 2008 and he was suspended earlier in his career for obvious drug abuse issues. In addition, Josh Sale was drafted by the Rays in 2010 and w
as handed a 50-game ban as well for his use of Performance Enhancing Drugs. So, while Guerrieri could very well have a major drug problem, it’s time to point the finger at an organization that seems to solely draft kids with checkered pasts.
As for this affecting Guerrieri’s MLB future? Oh, he will be just fine as underwent Tommy John Surgery in July and will be able to serve his suspension while on the disabled list…that’s pretty fair, right?