photo: Perry DellaValle (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
MLB Press Release
The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
St. Louis Cardinals Minor League pitcher Perry DellaValle, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League, has received a 50-game suspension following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Program.
Free agent Minor League pitcher Ricardo Frias has received a 72-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Program. The suspension of Frias will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.
Brian Walton’s take
DellaValle, 23, has made 19 starts and one relief appearance for the Beach Birds this season, throwing a team-high 106 1/3 innings. Despite a 3.22 ERA and WHIP of 1.14, DellaValle has a losing record at 5-6, primarily due to poor run support. The Florida State League All-Star was ranked 50th on The Cardinal Nation Top 50 Prospect List this month.
DellaValle is the 41st Cardinal farmhand suspended due to program violations since 2005. He is the first caught during the calendar year 2019. Four Cardinals were suspended during 2018, with the most recent, DellaValle’s teammate, pitcher Griffin Roberts, having already served his time.
This suspension will continue approximately two weeks into the 2020 regular season.
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