One of those players is pitcher Jeremy Jeffress, who some consider to be the best pitching prospect in the team's farm system. The 2006 first-round pick (18th overall) has run into some trouble in his career, however, particularly with marijuana. Jeffress has already been suspended once for testing positive for "a drug of abuse," which he later admitted was weed, and it looks like he just can't give the ganja up.
He's tested positive for "a drug of abuse" yet again, and now he's going to miss the next 100 games.
Jeffress, who was 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA for Class A Brevard County since being sent down from AA Huntsville, will not be able to pitch until 2010. His agent, Josh Kusnick, told the Milwaukee paper and reporter Tom Haudricourt that his client will enter a rehab program.
"All I'll say is it was not a performance-enhancing drug. We all know the issue Jeremy has had in the past. He obviously has a very sensitive issue he has to overcome," Kusnick told the Milwaukee paper.
"This is all about Jeremy now. This is a problem that goes beyond his career. It's more important to get the person fixed. He wants to have a healthy and productive life, much less baseball."
For Jeffress' sake I hope he realizes while serving this suspension that playing baseball will do a lot more for him in life than hitting the bong can ever do. After all, he only has one strike left. Another positive test and he's banned from professional baseball for life.