875371405_ALKiK-OMajor League Baseball announced today that Taylor Guerrieri, the Rays’ first-round pick (no. 24 overall) in the 2011 draft has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test. It was Guerrieri’s second failed drug test…

“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Tampa Bay Rays Minor League pitcher Christopher (“Taylor”) Guerrieri has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Guerrieri, who is currently on the roster of Single-A Bowling Green of the Midwest League, will be effective at the start of the 2014 season.”

Guerrieri fell to the Rays in the 2011 draft in large part because of some character issues involving more than one incident in high school that led to Guerrieri transferring schools in the middle of his senior year.

It is believed that Guerrieri tested positive for marijuana according to Marc Topkin.

Guerrieri was considered the Rays’ third-best prospect prior to this season.

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  1. Alex says:

    At least he wont actually miss any games, but christ above these kids are stupid. Sale, his teammate, and now this guy

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  2. Gus says:

    Frustrating thing is that the agent/club/player can only leak the drug in question; stupid confidentiality rules insisted upon by the union mean he could have been using black tar heroin with Todd Marinovich and we'd never know; the seeming innoccuous "I used weed" defense clouds the issue to some degree. Hard to say how serious, but he is seriously an idiot.

    It is fair to say that the No. 1 weakness in the organization is the selction of players in the first round of the amateur draft. The 2% crew has been God-Awful since Price. I liked the look of the 2013 catcher drafted, but 2008-2012 are failed picks of epic proportions so far.

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    • Mike says:

      Taylor has actually been really good when healthy. They really need to remove pot and add drugs from the milb drug policy...

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  3. mp645 says:

    Doesn't anyone see a chemical dependency problem here? Every kid drinks beer in high school, big deal OK?

    It becomes a big deal when you get megabucks to play professional baseball and continue to knowingly use banned substances. This kid now has failed TWICE. If I was the Front Office, I would say Adios. The Rays have invested enough into this kid. He needs substance abuse treatment AND suspension. His frontal lobe doesn't get the point that if you choose pot over baseball, that you have a problem. Most young guy would give up something really precious, like a testicle, to play professional baseball!

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  4. Rob says:

    What a d-bag.

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  5. Dave L says:

    He's got alot of upside. Before i would judge I need to know alot more.

    He's only 20.

    Marijuana stays in your system as it is soluble in fats.

    Why is anyone looking for that in 2013 is beyond me. I'm with Mike.

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  6. s says:

    he had a very sketchy past in HS, with tons of "rumors". and even transferred to try to run away from his mess.

    so are we truly surprised that giving him a huge signing bonus was going to somehow change this kid's attitude.

    we drafted a turd.

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