White Sox, Cubs Minor Leaguers get 50-game bans

White Sox, Cubs Minor Leaguers get 50-game bans

White Sox, Cubs Minor Leaguers get 50-game bans

White Sox Minor League pitcher Nicholas Blount and Cubs Minor League shortstop Elliot Soto have each received a 50-game suspension for violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program.

Blount, a right-hander, tested positive for an Amphetamine. He is currently on the roster of rookie-level Great Falls in the Pioneer League and went 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 games (nine starts) this past season.

Soto was suspended after a second violation of a drug of abuse. He is currently on the Class A Daytona roster and hit .219 through 84 games between Daytona and Double-A Tennessee in 2013.

Both players' suspensions will be effective at the start of next season.

Joey Nowak is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @joeynowak. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.