The Cleveland Indians surprised many this offseason by trading All-Star pitcher Corey Kluber for an underwhelming return. Now, after moving their ace, the Indians will be without their prized return from the trade following an 80-game suspension.
Despite MLB being suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, one of MLB’s top pitching prospects was hit with an 80-game suspension on Friday.
Emmanuel Clase suspended for PED violation
Cleveland Indians pitcher Emmanuel Clase is receiving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Boldenone, per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel. The steroid is among the drugs banned by MLB under is performance-enhancing drug policy and Clase will serve the suspension whenever the MLB season begins.
The 22-year-old made his MLB debut in 2019 with the Texas Rangers. Across 23.1 innings, the right-handed pitcher struck out 21 batters and allowed 20 hits with a 2.31 ERA. He started the season at the High-A level for Texas and pitched seven shutout innings with 11 strikeouts. The Rangers promoted him to Double-A and he continued to thrive, recording a 3.35 ERA with 29 strikeouts across 37.2 innings.
Considered to be one of the top reliever prospects in MLB< Clase ranked as Cleveland’s No. 15 prospect by MLB.com. He was expected to be a part of the team’s bullpen early in the 2020 season with a shot to develop into their closer of the future.