photo: Tyler Lancaster (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Tyler Lancaster, a catcher-first baseman assigned to the State College Spikes of the short-season New York-Penn League, has been suspended without pay for 76 games after a positive drug test. The substance detected is dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, considered a performance-enhancing substance under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The Friday announcement was made by the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball.
After batting just .148 in the Gulf Coast League in his initial summer as a professional, the left-handed hitter improved to .255 in 29 games with the Spikes in 2017. Other catchers on the State College roster are Joshua Lopez, Dennis Ortega and Joe Gomez. Lancaster had appeared in the field primarily at first base this season, however.
Lancaster, 23, was the St. Louis Cardinals’ 16th round selection in the 2016 draft from Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. Given the limited time remaining in the 76-game New York-Penn League season, this suspension should knock Lancaster out of most of the 2018 campaign, as well.
Lancaster is the second Cardinal minor leaguer to be suspended in 2017. Announced in February, Springfield reliever Corey Littrell sat out the first 50 games of the season.
Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone is the same substance which led to catcher Cody Stanley’s September 2015 suspension, announced while he was with St. Louis. Stanley left the organization following this, his second positive test.
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