The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Friday that Mariners minor league outfielder Eric Filia has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Filia, who finished last season at High-A Modesto, is currently on the Double-A Arkansas roster.
The team released the following statement:
“The Seattle Mariners are disappointed that Eric Filia has violated the terms Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Or organization fully supports the Program and its efforts.
Per the Basic Agreement, the Mariners will have no further comment.”
Rated as the No. 21 prospect in the Mariners organization, Filia took the Arizona Fall League batting title, hitting .408/.483/.605 in 22 games. While spring training rosters have yet to be announced, it was assumed that performance was expected to earn him an invite to big league camp.
The 50-game suspension without pay will be effective at the start of the Texas League season.
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