Elite Royals prospect Mondesi gets 50-game drug suspension


The Kansas City Royals' top prospect Raul A. Mondesi has been suspended for 50 games by MLB after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.

Mondesi - who has been playing with Kansas City's Double-A team the Northwest Arkansas Naurals - tested positive for clenbuterol, which he claims was in Subrox-C, an over-the-counter cold medication he purchased in the Dominican Republic.

The 20-year-old - son of former MLB player Raul Mondesi Sr - said he "failed to read the labelling on the medication" and did not consult with team trainers before taking it.

The standard PED suspension is 80 games, but Mondesi's ban was reduced to 50 after he convinced MLB he did not take it intentionally.

"This is an unfortunate incident that we believe to be an innocent mistake, but these are the consequences that players face when they do not adhere to the policies that have been collectively bargained," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.

"We have a protocol in place with our medical team should a player ever have questions about what they may be taking, even if an over-the-counter medication. In this particular case the protocol was not followed and the consequences are such. We remain supportive of Raul Mondesi Jr."

Mondesi was hitting .250 with five home runs and 15 RBIs in 104 at-bats over 25 games for the Naturals. He has a .247 batting average over five minor league seasons.

Baseball America rated him the number 29 prospect in the game entering the 2016 season.