Daytona Cubs shortstop Elliot Soto was suspended 50 games by major league baseball for testing positive for "a drug of abuse" a second time. Here's the press release.
TWO MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS SUSPENDED
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Chicago White Sox Minor League right-handed pitcher Nicholas Blount has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine. The suspension of Blount, who is currently on the roster of the rookie-level Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League, will be effective at the start of next season.
Chicago Cubs Minor League shortstop Elliot Soto has received a 50-game suspension without pay after a second violation for a drug of abuse. The suspension of Soto, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Daytona Cubs of the Florida State League, will be effective at the start of next season.
Nine times out of ten, "drug of abuse" means marijuana. Soto, 23, played for Tennessee and Daytona last season, hitting a combined .219/.303/.281. He was the Cubs 15th round pick in 2010 out of Creighton.
From those numbers, you can tell it was always iffy that Soto would be back with the Cubs next season even without this suspension hanging over his head. Now if he does come back, he'll sit out the first 50 games.