Royals minor-league catcher Mark Sanchez was suspended for 80 games, the commissioner’s office announced Friday.
Sanchez, a 35th-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. He became the 46th minor-league player found in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program this year, according to MiLB.com.
Sanchez played 11 games at Class A Lexington in the South Atlantic League this season. He hit .206 (7 for 34) with 2 RBIs, 3 walks and 12 strikeouts. He caught 63 1/3 innings, gunned down four would-be base stealers and allowed eight stolen bases.
The Legends entered Friday with 60 games left in the season.
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After signing out of California Baptist last year, he hit .257 with 6 RBIs, 5 walks and 21 strikeouts with the rookie league Idaho Falls Chukars.