Three minor-league pitchers who played in the Midwest League during 2016 or 2017 were suspended Friday for violations of baseball’s minor-league drug program.
Daytona Tortugas RHP Brian Hunter is suspended for 80 games after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug Ipamorelin, which increases plasma growth hormone. The Cincinnati Reds prospect briefly pitched for the Dayton Dragons earlier this season, going 4-for-4 in save opportunites and striking out eight batters in six innings (five games).
Inland Empire 66ers RHP Greg Belton is suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Amphetamine. The Los Angeles Angels prospect pitched for the Burlington Bees most of this season, going 1-2 with a 4.55 ERA, three saves, 43 strikeouts and seven walks in 29.2 innings (17 games).
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes RHP Ivan Vieitez is suspended 50 games after testing positive for Ritalinic Acid, a prohibited stimulant. The Los Angeles Dodgers prospect spent the 2016 season with the Great Lakes Loons, going 4-4 with a 3.86 ERA, three saves, 43 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56 innings (28 games) during the regular season.