San Francisco Giants Prospect Drew Stiner Suspended 50 Games for Drug Use

Troy Nelson@22gigantesContributor IIIJanuary 9, 2012

Stiner (left) with fellow All-American Rookie Davis in Aug. 2010
Stiner (left) with fellow All-American Rookie Davis in Aug. 2010

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter John Shea, San Francisco Giants prospect Drew Stiner has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines.

Stiner, just 19 years old, is a solid-hitting catcher/third baseman who possesses excellent, if not raw skills behind the plate.

Perfect Game gave him a 10 rating a year ago, saying:

"Stiner (has a) strong lean build, good present strength. Strong armed catcher who showed excellent defensive skills. Very good receiver with good lateral agility, good in game pop time (1.89), has been consistently in the low 1.9s throughout the spring, occasional upper 1.8s. Advanced approach to hitting, good decisions at the plate, works the count well. Uses hands well at the plate, strong at contact, has solid bat speed, some power potential. Good hitting tools, gets additional offensive value from making pitchers work and battling well to get good pitches to hit. Pitched well also, sharp slider, good changeup, threw strikes. Good student, committed to Oklahoma State."

Stiner, who appeared on my top Giants prospects list (no. 16) seven weeks ago, graduated from Owasso High School in Sand Springs, Oklahoma last June and was taken in the 43rd round of the amateur draft before being assigned to the Giants’ rookie league team in Arizona.

The Giants have not yet released a statement about the suspension.