Zach Dotson Suspended

From Major League Baseball’s press release, conveniently sent out at 6:06 pm ET.

New York Mets Minor League pitcher Zachary Dotson, who is currently on the roster of the club’s Gulf Coast League team, has been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine. The suspension is effective immediately.

The Mets went overslot to sign Dotston, their 13th round pick in the 2009 draft for $500,000 dollars.  He’s a physical (6’3″ 200 lbs) lefty out of Effingham County (just to the west of Savannah) with a live arm.

The chemical name for the compound is 1,3-dimethylamylamine, and according to his thread, it has some stimulatory properties.
The wikipedia entry spells the drug name methylhexanamine (one fewer internal e).  Wikipedia tells us that Eli Lilly originally produced the drug as a nasal decongestant, but it appears in some weight loss products for its stimulatory effects and more recently in “party pills” in New Zealand.

There are 7 comments

  1. mark4212

    This is one of those stupid drugs that has no real effect on performance that got classified as such years ago.

    Oh he used it to help weight loss, as a pick me up, or even worse a nasal decongestant. Maybe he used it as a party drug.

    a 50 game suspension for this is a little excessive no?

    1. Toby Hyde

      Bingo. Four of the six guys suspended yesterday tested positive for it. There was at least on instance of it contaminating a supplement in the past.

      If he was using it as a decongestant, he should have been able to procure a therapeutic use waiver.

  2. theperfectgame

    A procedural question:

    The 50 games start right away, but with fewer than 50 games remaining on the GCL schedule, do they resume next June when the GCL reconvenes? Or can he be placed on, say, the Savannah roster next spring to get through the remaining suspension without really missing any time?

      1. Toby Hyde

        Winter Leagues do not count. TPG, I think the Mets can do exactly that, and put Dotson on a full-season roster in 2011, and let him serve out the duration of the suspension so that he’s ready to go for a short-season league.

      2. theperfectgame

        Good. That’s what I figured, but I thought I’d ask anyway. I assume he’s allowed to participate in the fall instructional league and extended spring training, too. So really, all it costs him is the 4 or 5 starts he’ll miss this year and the stigma of a banned substances suspension (even if it can be fairly easily explained away). Ultimately, not that huge a deal, but if this was an honest mistake, be more careful, Zach! (and if not, well, screw you)

  3. chockfullofmets

    So he was suspended for taking ecstasy basically. I wonder if they would’ve suspended Babe Ruth for his drinking habits…?

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