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Rays Top 2010 Pick Josh Sale Suspended 50 Games

Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Josh Sale, who the team drafted with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended 50 games for PED use.

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Tampa Bay Rays outfield prospect Josh Sale, who the team drafted with the No. 17 overall pick in the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft, has been suspended 50 games for PED use.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Sale, like his three Bowling Green teammates, tested positive for "methamphetamine and amphetamine."

Sale, who turned 21 in July, had been playing well for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Tampa Bay's Class A affiliate in the Midwest League. In 74 games, Sale hit .264/.391/.464, with 10 home runs. Sale showed promising plate discipline as well, walking 51 times while striking out just 62 times.

Sale will now miss the remainder of the 2012 season, and a large portion of the 2013 season, while he serves his 50 game suspension.

Last week, Ryan Brett, Charles Cononie, and Justin Woodall, all members of the Bowling Green Hot Rods, were suspended 50 games each after testing positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine.

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