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Bighames becomes sixth Cardinal suspended in 2009

St. Louis Cardinals minor league outfielder Tyler Bighames has received a 50-game suspension after a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MLB announced on Monday.

Bighames, 18, taken in the 31st round of the 2009 draft as a shortstop, is the second Cardinal farmhand suspended this month and third since the end of the season. He follows Dominican Jefferson Segundo, announced on December 4 and Batavia’s Alan Ahmady, disclosed on October 6.

Bighames is the sixth from the organization to be suspended this year, tying the 2008 high annual total for the Cardinals since the program began in 2005. He is the the third nabbed this season for a drug of abuse.

17 Cardinals minor leaguers have been punished since 2005.

Date Player Name Substance Length
4/4/2005 Sal Frisella PEDs 15 games
5/13/2005 Jeremy Cummings PEDs 15 games
4/18/2006 Yonathan Sivira PEDs 50 games
8/2/2006 Marcos Chavez PEDs 50 games
8/2/2006 Jonathan Gonzalez PEDs 50 games
2/20/2008 Scott Vander Weg PEDs 50 games
7/29/2008 Braulin Beltre Boldenone 50 games
7/29/2008 Andres Beras Boldenone 50 games
7/29/2008 Yedilson Pena Boldenone 50 games
8/25/2008 Juan Castillo Stanozolol 50 games
12/1/2008 Wilfred Vivas Methandienone 50 games
4/9/2009 Deryk Hooker Drug of Abuse 50 games
5/15/2009 Kenny Maiques Drug of Abuse 50 games
6/23/2009 Dail Villanueva Nandrolone 50 games
10/6/2009 Alan Ahmady Amphetamines 50 games
12/4/2009 Jefferson Segundo Stanozolol 50 games
12/21/2009 Tyler Bighames Drug of Abuse 50 games

According to Business of Baseball, Bighames is the 82nd player suspended in minor league baseball this year. The Cardinals’ 2009 total of six is tied for the second-highest of the 30 organizations after the New York Mets.

2009 minors suspensions Organizations
8 Mets
6 Cardinals, Royals
5 Tigers
4 Cubs, D-Backs, Nationals, Rays
3 Free agents, Astros, A’s, Brewers, Marlins, Phillies, Rockies, Twins, Yankees
2.7 Average
2 Mariners, Rangers
1 Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Orioles, Padres, Red Sox, Reds, White Sox
0 Indians, Pirates
82 Total

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