51TulyAX-vL._SY300_The Rays lead the entire universe in minor league drug suspensions in recent years. And yet, the latest might be the worst one yet.

Not only did Spencer Edwards, the Rays second-round pick in the 2012 draft, get busted for using steroids, but THEY DIDN’T WORK.

Here are the details. They sound awful, but it is not entirely clear:

“[Outfielder Spencer] Edwards tested positive for Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and metabolite, Methasterone and metabolite, and a metabolite of Tamoxifen, performance-enhancing substances in violation of the program.”

That report tells us nothing about what Edwards was busted for and my PhD in Molecular Biology is not helping. Luckily we have the internet.

According to several websites, Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone and Methasterone are anabolic steroids and metabolites are a byproduct of the drugs which suggest Edwards has been using the drugs for a while. Meanwhile, Tamoxifen is the drug that got Marlon Byrd suspended for 50 games and is normally used to treat breast cancer. It is banned in MLB because it can be used to mask the use of steroids.

That’s a lot of illegal performance-enhancing drugs. But here is the kicker: Edwards hit a whopping .202 with ZERO home runs and a .270 OBP in 54 games for single-A Bowling Green in 2014.

So Edwards got popped for using two different steroids and still couldn’t hit a single home run. On top of that, the drug that was supposed to hide the steroids didn’t work either.

He should probably ask for a refund.


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  1. Jordan says:

    "He should probably ask for a refund." I will spend the rest of the day laughing at that line! The Rays should get the refund. Their draft picks the last few years have been worse than awful. Still holding out hope Gillespie reverses that trend.

  2. Mr. Smith 1980 says:

    Look for me at FanFest. I'll be the guy in a Longoria jersey.

  3. Dave L says:

    Randy Winn made the rounds on MLB TV yesterday as the sort of daily guest and did a nice job.

    Always the new Ray is the fresh face of unbridled hope and endless possibilities and a rosy future. Just remember Souza was a PED guy just not with us. Not a full blown array like this kid but he got 50 games.

    I dont judge these young kids, especially the minors guys struggling, as harshly as some. If you think you are on the way out and it can make the difference between continuing in the game or not---- well its not a crime or mortal sin, its an infraction.

    Fading into (baseball) Bolivia in total anonymity, or doing it after 15 seconds of infamy in a blaze of PED inglory--- well what the hell at least he gave it his best shot.

    • FortMyersDave says:

      You make a good point Dave L. Lets not cut loose a player because he committed one infraction, especially if it could have been a mistake (such as taking sudafed inadvertently) and hopefully the player learns from his mistake and continues to advance up the minor league ladder after getting held back for 50 games of a season.... I think a lot of people think that the PED infractions are as bad as a crime; well when you compare them to what Matt Bush did a few years ago on a drunken blackout in Port Charlotte where he impacted so many lives (even his teammate Brandon Guyer who I believe was sued because it was his car that Bush was driving) when he almost killed that senior citizen... Matt Bush; hard to believe the guy was once the #1 overall player taken in a draft, now sitting in a North FL prison, I think he gets out at the end of this year....


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