The Commissioner’s Office just announced that Brewers Minor League third baseman Wayne Dedrick was suspended 50 games after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse.
Dedrick was a 30th round pick of the Brewers in the 2008 Draft who batted .227 in 46 games at rookie-level Arizona in 2009 but did not play in 2010 because of a torn meniscus in his left knee. Dedrick’s suspension is effective at the start of the 2011 Arizona League season.
He was punished under the same set of rules that applied to former Brewers pitching prospect Jeremy Jeffress, who was twice suspended for positive tests for drugs of abuse during his time in the Brewers’ farm system. Under the rules, a player is not suspended for his first positive test but gets 50 games for a second, 100 games for a third and a lifetime ban for a third positive.