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Triple-A catcher Ochinko suspended 50 games

Triple-A catcher Ochinko suspended 50 games

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Triple-A catcher Ochinko suspended 50 games

TORONTO -- For the second time in as many years, a player in the Blue Jays' farm system has been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Triple-A Buffalo catcher Sean Ochinko was suspended 50 games without pay on Monday after testing positive for an amphetamine.

Ochinko was part of a trio of Minor League players suspended, joining Angels outfielder Brandon Bayardi and Mets pitcher Daniel Huchingson.

Ochinko has split time between Double-A New Hampshire and Buffalo this season, posting a combined .231 average with five home runs, 37 RBIs, a .294 OBP and a .607 OPS in 91 games.

Last season one of the Blue Jays' top prospects, Marcus Stroman, was suspended 50 games for using the banned substance Methylhexaneamine.

Stroman has since put the suspension behind him with an 8-4 record, a 3.22 ERA and 117 strikeouts over 100 2/3 innings in New Hampshire this season.

Evan Peaslee is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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