From staff writer Andy Bixler, who focuses on Rainiers:
Two Seattle Mariners minor leaguers were handed 50-game suspensions for failing drug tests the league announced today.
Tacoma Rainiers outfielder Jabari Blash and Jackson Generals outfielder Jamal Austin were both suspended after second positive tests.
The positive test was for a “drug of abuse.” A drug of abuse is, per MLB policy, a substance classified by as schedule I or II by the federal government’s drug program. Drugs like marijuana and cocaine are included, but performance-enhancing drugs (schedule III) are not.
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Blash, 24, was an eighth-round pick by the Mariners in 2010. He began the 2014 season in Double-A Jackson, and played 25 games before getting called up to Tacoma. He was hitting .210 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI for the Rainiers.
Ausin was taken in the 13th round of the 2011 draft. The 23-year-old was promoted to Jackson to begin the year. He held a .262 average for the Generals with 19 stolen bases.