The commissioner's office announced a number of Minor League suspensions Wednesday afternoon, and the Nationals were one of the teams hit.
Steven Fuentes, a pitcher with Double-A Harrisburg, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for Heptaminol, which is classified as a cardiac stimulant.
Fuentes has been in the Nationals organization since 2014 and currently sports a 2.69 ERA in 63 innings with Harrisburg. At 22 years old, he is not considered a major prospect by Fangraphs, though MLB Pipeline considers him the 21st-best prospect in the team’s farm system.
Losing a pitcher like Fuentes doesn’t classify as a huge blow to the organization, but it’s never a great look to see one of your minor leaguers suspended for taking a banned substance. It’s also frustrating when it happens for someone like Fuentes, who had finally been enjoying a breakout season in 2019.
If he’s able to bounce back and maintain some success post-suspension, Fuentes could find himself either in the back of the rotation or as a middle reliever down the line.
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