The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that infielder Francisco Acuna has been suspended for 80 games due to PEDs. Acuna was just recently named as our Player of the Week, then he backed that up with a .915 OPS this past week. While there’s never a good time for a PED suspension, the fact that he was on a hot streak at the time makes it even worse. The 22-year-old hit .271/.361/.452 in 63 games this season, while playing solid defense, seeing most of his time at shortstop. With only 12 games left in the season for Greensboro, he won’t be able to play until mid-June next year.
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.