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.

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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.

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The suspension announced Monday was the 41st this year under the minor league program, including 16 for drugs of abuse.

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