St. Louis Cardinals

Cardinals’ top prospect, pitcher Alex Reyes, suspended 50 games for positive drug test

St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Alex Reyes was suspended for 50 games Monday under baseball’s minor-league drug program following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Reyes tested positive for marijuana.

Reyes had been with the Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League and will miss the rest of the AFL season, the commissioner’s office said Monday.

Reyes issued the following statement to mlb.com:

“I take full responsibility for my actions and apologize for disappointing my family, fans, teammates and the St. Louis Cardinals organization,” he said. “I acknowledge my inappropriate behavior and will accept the consequences. Baseball is my passion, and I will do everything in my power to put this behind me and move forward.”

A 21-year-old right-hander, Reyes was 5-7 with a 2.49 ERA in 22 starts at rookie, Class A and Double-A this year. He struck out 151 in 101  1/3 innings. Reyes was signed Dec. 3, 2012, as an undrafted free agent, and has risen quickly through the Cardinals system.

Just three weeks ago in a press conference at Busch Stadium, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak expressed optimism about what Reyes could give the team in 2016.

“He’s going to be knocking on the door next year,” Mozeliak said. “How soon really depends on need and opportunity at the major-league level.”

There have been 95 suspensions this year under the minor-league program, including 37 for drugs of abuse.

Cardinals catching prospect Cody Stanley received an 80-game suspension in September for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Like Reyes, it was Stanley’s second suspension.

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