Nationals Minor Leaguer Nieto Suspended for PEDs

Posted by Dave Nichols | Thursday, February 03, 2011 | , , | 3 comments »

Adrian Nieto, a minor league catcher in the Washington Nationals organization, was suspended today after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, according to multiple sources citing a Major League Baseball release.

According to's Ben Goessling
The release said Nieto tested positive for Oxandrolone, a drug primarily used to stimulate weight gain, and metabolite, which is a performance-enhancing substance. His suspension will start at the beginning of the 2011 season.
Nieto, 21, hit .195/.291/.253 last season for Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League.  The Cuban native was a fifth round pick in the 2008 Amateur Draft.

This marks the third year in a row the Nats farm system has lost a prospect due to a positive PED test.  In 2009, infielder Stephen King tested positive for Ritalinic Acid, and last season infielder Seth Bynum tested positive for amphetamines.  Both players received the automatic 50-game suspension.

(ed., 5:46 pm) Nats Prospects reminds me that this the fourth consecutive year the Nats have lost a minor leaguer to a PED suspension.  In fact, the Nats have had several minor league players suspended under their more rigorous testing program.  For a complete list of all players suspended for PEDs, click this link.

Nationals Minor League Suspension for PEDs

2011:  Adrian Nieto (Oxandrolone and Metabolite).
2010:  J.R. Higley (Methylphenidate and Ritalininc Acid), Steven Souza (Methylphenidate and Ritalininc Acid), Juan Diaz (nandrolone), Jorge Hernandez (Boldenone), Pedro Lopez (Formestane).
2009:  Edgardo Baez (amphetamines), Ofilio Castro (amphetamines), Stephen Englund (amphetamines), Stephen King (Ritalinic Acid).
2008:  Weesley Hernandez (Boldenone).
2006:  Greg Thissen (Drug of Abuse)
2005:  Ramon Castro (PEDs-105 games), Josh Labandeira (PEDs)


  1. bdrube // February 4, 2011 at 6:41 AM  

    Interesting to note that even though some of them were drafted fairly high, none of the guys who've been caught were any good.

    Call it Nook Logan Syndrome. :)

  2. Dave Nichols // February 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

    yup. The Nats system is by no means the worst offenders, but interesting that every years someone gets nabbed.

    thanks for the comment.

  3. Nandrolone // February 7, 2011 at 3:54 AM  

    Nandrolone is very popular steroids for athletes...