Major 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.