Seattle Mariners minor league players Jabari Blash and Jamal Austin have been suspended 50 games each effective immediately for drug violations in accordance with the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Blash and Austin both received 50 games after the commissioner’s office stated a second test came back positive of a “drug of abuse.”
Austin is hitting .262 with 16 RBI and 19 steals for Double-A Jackson this season.
Blash, a name that has popped up on fans’ radars this season as a potential late-season call up, started the season in Jackson but has spent the last 45 games with Triple-A Tacoma. In that stretch, he is batting .210 but has 12 homers and 37 RBI.
The 2010 8th-round draft pick and No. 18 prospect in the Mariners farm system according to MLB.com, had been hitless in his last five games with nine strikeouts.
Both players have been placed on the restricted list and would be eligible to come back in late August.
No word on what drug or drugs were detected or if the organization has any plans to release either player.