Juan Duran has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games for testing positive for multiple performance enhancing drugs. Mark Sheldon was the first person that I saw who had the news:
MLB announced OF Juan Duran received an 80-game suspension w/o pay after testing positive for Drostanolone, Stanozolol and Nandrolone #reds
— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) February 5, 2016
The Reds issues a brief statement following the announcement:
The Reds fully support Major League Baseball’s drug policy and its penalties. The organization does not condone in any way the use of drugs prohibited under the policy. We will have no further comment.
Juan Duran has been in the organization since signing with the Reds as a 16-year-old for $2M in February of 2008. He’s spent each of the last two seasons with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos where he’s struggled, hitting .248/.294/.454 in 159 games with 34 doubles and 23 home runs. The power has been there, but he’s walked just 35 times to go along with 218 strikeouts.
Duran is currently on the Reds 40-man roster and is entering what will be his 3rd and final option year before he has to either stick to the big league roster or be removed and leave open the potential for another team to pick him up.
The 2016 season was shaping up to be very pivotal for the career of Duran with it being his final option year and a lot of work still needing to be done in his development if he would be ready for Major League action in 2017. Not only has he had struggles at the plate when it comes to making contact and generally controlling the strikezone, but on the defensive side of the ball he needs all of the work that he can get. While he has improved over the past few seasons defensively, he still has a ways to go before he could reasonably be expected to play in the field at the big league level at any given position. Losing out on 80 games of a 140 or 144 (Triple-A plays 144, while the other full season teams play 140) game schedule will take away valuable developmental time that he needed.