Major League Baseball announced today St. Louis Cardinals minor league 1B Alan Ahmady will be suspended for 50 games without pay starting next season following a second violation for a drug of abuse.
Ahmady is currently on the roster of the Single-A Palm Beach Cardinals of the Florida State League. His first suspension came in 2010 when he was with the Batavia Muckdogs, a low-A Cardinals affiliate.
He was the Cardinals' 11th round pick out of Fresno State in 2009.
Between three teams in 2012, Ahmady is hitting .292/.389/.445 with five home runs and 46 RBI. Before Palm Beach, he spent time with the Cardinals' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, and the double-A Springfield Cardinals. He hasn't advanced any higher than that in his career to date.
MLB aslo announced the 50-game suspension of San Francisco Giants minor league catcher Leonardo Rojas after testing positive for metabolites of Nandrolone.