Lansing Lugnuts RHP Clinton Hollon was suspended 50 games Friday after testing positive for an amphetamine.
The minor-league hurler was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2013 draft. He briefly pitched at rookie-level in 2013 before missing the entire 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. This season he posted a 3.18 ERA with 40 strikeouts and 15 walks in nine starts for the Vancouver Canadians of the short-season Northwest League before being promoted to the Lugnuts.
Hollon made his Midwest League debut on August 5. He gave up only one hit and two walks in seven scoreless innings against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. (I was at this game and wrote about it here.) He made three starts for the Lugnuts, going 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA, five strikeouts and seven walks in 13.1 innings.
The regular season ends September 7 for the Midwest League, which means Hollon’s suspension will carry over into the 2016 season. The Lugnuts will play in the postseason this year after winning the first-half Eastern Division title.