Yankees Prospect Suspended for Violating Drug Policy

Three minor league players were suspended after violating MLB’s Drug Policy, one of whom was Yankees prospect Francisco (Daniel) Gil. A 22-year old pitcher from Sonora, Mexico, Gil was signed by the Yankees as a free agent in 2006. The right-hander has struggled since he was signed and spent three seasons playing in the Rookie Leagues before moving on to Single-A Charleston and High-A Tampa.  This season with Tampa Gil pitched 77.1 innings and put up a 4.66 ERA while allowing 93 hits, 46 R, 7 homers, and 28 BB. Gil reportedly received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for Sibutramine, an appetite suppressant that is classified as a performance-enhancer and was withdrawn from the US drug market in 2010. Given Gil’s pitching difficulties and his slow trek through the Yankees minor league system, it wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if this drug-related suspension accelerates the end of Gil’s Yankees career.

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