A pitcher who made his major league debut with Pittsburgh last season and a minor league catcher have been suspended for 50 games each because of drug violations.
Left-hander Aaron Thompson of the Minnesota organization and Cody Stanley of the St. Louis system were penalized Tuesday under baseball's minor league drug program.
The 25-year-old Thompson pitched four times for the Pirates last year. He is now on the roster of the Twins' Triple-A Rochester team. He was suspended after a second violation for a drug of abuse.
The 23-year-old Stanley was penalized after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine and Tamoxifen. He's on the roster of Single-A Quad Cities.
The penalties take effect at the start of the season. There have been 26 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.