Four minor-league players were given 50-game suspensions Thursday after testing positive for banned drugs.
Three of the suspended players are former Midwest Leaguers: Cleveland Indians RHP Duke von Schamann, Minnesota Twins RHP Hudson Boyd and free-agent RHP Chris Capper. The fourth player is Texas Rangers OF Chris Grayson. You can read MiLB.com reporter Danny Wild’s story about the suspensions here.
As a Los Angeles Dodgers farmhand in 2012, von Schamann went 4-4 with a 3.22 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 67 IP for the Great Lakes Loons. The Dodgers traded him to the Indians in early April 2014.
Boyd spent the past two seasons in the Midwest League, both with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. In 2013 he went 4-5 with a 4.98 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 103 IP. In 2014 he went 4-4 with a 4.34 ERA, seven saves and 45 strikeouts in 58 IP.
Capper last pitched in 2013, when he went 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA and 27 strikeouts in 42.1 IP for the South Bend Silver Hawks. The Arizona Diamondbacks released him after that season.