Orioles minor leaguer suspended 50 games for positive drug test

An Orioles minor league third baseman was suspended 50 games on Friday.

Orioles minor league third baseman Austin Anderson has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for an amphetamine, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Anderson, 22, batted .307 with one homer in 19 games with short-season Single-A Aberdeen last year.

He was the club's ninth round selection in last year’s draft out of the University of Mississippi.

Listed on the 2015 roster for Low-A Delmarva, Anderson’s suspension will start at the beginning of the Shorebirds season. He was one of four minor leaguers throughout baseball to be suspended Friday.

Orioles first baseman Chris Davis tested positive for an amphetamine last September and was suspended 25 games. Former Orioles pitcher Troy Patton was also suspended 25 games at the start of last season for testing positive for an amphetamine.

Last June, Orioles minor league pitcher Eddie Gamboa was suspended 50 games following a positive test for exogenous testosterone.

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