On Tuesday, Minor League Baseball's commissioner's office handed out two drug related suspensions to right-handed pitchers. One hails from Arizona State and was a ninth-round pick of the San Francisco Giants in 2015's draft. David Graybill was tagged with a 50-game suspension for a second positive test for a "drug of abuse."
Graybill is the eighth Giants minor leaguer to receive a drug suspension since the beginning of 2015, and second this year —tied with the New York Mets for the most minor league suspensions of any organization in that time. Tall left-hander Dylan Brooks was handed his second suspension in under a year on January 28, which was for an undisclosed reason, after he had been sentenced to 50 games on January 30, 2015 for a "drug of abuse."
Along with Brooks, six other Giants prospects were disciplined in 2015: Shortstops Robert Antunez (Nandrolone) and Travious Relaford (drug of abuse), right-handers Ethan Miller (amphetamines) and Alvaro Diaz (violation of program), outfielder Chuckie Jones (drug of abuse), and catcher Geno Escalante (drug of abuse).
According to the MiLB, a "drug of abuse" is a broad term that generally equates to a recreational drug. Any Schedule I or II controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy, and heroin, as well as many others, fall under the breadth of the category. When a player initially tests positive for a qualifying substance, they receive a warning and must check in with a second test, wherein another positive test leads to a 50-game suspension.
Graybill, a 6'4 righty who converted to a pitcher while at Arizona State, made five relief appearances with the AZL Giants after being drafted, and was not assigned to a full-season roster at the end of minor league spring training.
He played infield and outfield while at Arizona State, but fought injuries and eventually wound up on the pitcher's mound. You can watch him nail a runner at the plate from right field here.
Graybill will begin the suspension in June when rookie ball seasons commence.
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