Yankees minor leaguer Daniel Gil, also known as Francisco Gil, was suspended for 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy as he tested positive for Sibutramine, a performance enhancing drug, according to the Associated Press.
Gil, 22, was signed out of Mexico back in 2006. His best season in the Yankees system was in 2010 when he was playing for Low-A Charleston. That season he had a 1.25 ERA in 28 games working as a reliever.
This season was bit of a step back for Gil as he had an ERA of 4.66 at High-A Tampa. His peripherals got worse too as his K/9 dropped and his BB/9 went up to 5.6 and 3.3 respectively.
Gil was never considered a big prospect, but he very well could have moved up to Double-A next season if he could show improvement early next season. This really hurts his chances as he’s going to now miss the first third of the season. He’ll have to play catch up from there which is no sure bet as he had a poor season while using steroids, he might not be able to do much without them.