Toronto’s top draft pick suspended for 50 games



NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Blue Jays prospect Marcus Stroman, the No. 22 pick in the 2012 draft, has been suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s minor league drug program.

Stroman, a right-hander with Double-A New Hampshire, tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, a banned stimulant. Stroman, who played college ball at Duke, received a $1.8 million signing bonus when he signed with Toronto last month.

Two more minor leaguers received 50-game penalties on Tuesday.

First baseman Mark Donato, who plays for Kansas City’s rookie-league team in Arizona, tested positive for an amphetamine. Joshua Sale, an outfielder for Tampa Bay’s Single-A Bowling Green affiliate, was penalized for testing positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine.

Each of the suspensions is effective immediately.