January 22, 2014

Cardinals Minor League Player Suspended

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that St. Louis Cardinals Minor League right-handed pitcher Andrew Pierce has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Pearce was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Southern Mississippi University. In his first season with the Cardinals he went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in a dozen appearances, including seven starts, for Class A Short-Season State College.

The suspension of Pierce will be effective at the start of the 2014 New York-Penn League season.

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