Mets Minor Leaguer Welch gets 50-game suspension

NEW YORK -- Mets pitching prospect Brandon Welch has been suspended 50 games without pay, following a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Friday.

Welch, 23, posted a 5.18 ERA over 14 appearances (three starts) last year for Class A Brooklyn. He was the Mets' fifth-round selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

Welch's suspension will be effective from the start of the 2015 season.

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