Pirates DSL Infielder Suspended For PED Use

The Pittsburgh Pirates found out today that Dominican Summer League infielder Johan De Jesus was suspended for 72 games, which is the entire DSL season next year. The cause of the suspension was Nandrolone according to Bill Brink. De Jesus is the second Pirates player suspended this year under the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Back in August, pitcher Michael Clemens was suspended for 68 games(the length of the Appalachian League season).

De Jesus was signed on his 16th birthday for $200,000 back on August 1, 2012 and he has had a very difficult time in pro ball each of his two seasons. When he signed, the scouting reports mentioned that he had no tools that stood out, so it was interesting to see that the Pirates invested so much in a player that was considered marginal at best. He is only 18 years old, so there is time for him to bounce back from the suspension, but as a player that has struggled for two years, he is going to have a difficult time getting any better while going a full year without playing.  De Jesus signed as a shortstop, then moved to third base this year when the Pirates signed defensive standout Adrian Valerio.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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