NEW YORK (AP) — Former first-round draft pick Billy Rowell, selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the ninth overall pick in 2006, has been suspended for 50 games for a second violation for a drug of abuse under the minor league drug program.
Rowell is on the roster of Class A Aberdeen of the New York-Penn League, and his penalty will start with the team’s opener on June 18.READ MORE: Maryland Gas Tax Hikes 7 Cents Friday, Gov. Hogan Calls For Another Tax Holiday
The 23-year-old hit .227 with no homers and 11 RBIs last year at Double-A Bowie and .273 with one homer and seven RBIs for the Rookie League Gulf Coast Orioles.READ MORE: Gun Spotted In Driver's Car Before Baltimore Officer Dragged, Court Documents Say
The suspension announced Monday was the 41st this year under the minor league program, including 16 for drugs of abuse.MORE NEWS: Ex-Baltimore Fiscal Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft Charges
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