Derek Dietrich, a Yankees Minor Leaguer, Has Been Suspended for Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs

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John Allen
Saturday August 6, 2022

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Derek Dietrich, a minor leaguer for the New York Yankees, was one of five players suspended Friday by Major League Baseball for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Dietrich, who last played in the majors with the Texas Rangers in 2020, was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for the banned stimulant 1,4-dimethylpentylamine (DMPA).

The Yankees‘ Triple-A affiliate, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, currently has him at 33.

He played for the Miami Marlins for six seasons and the Cincinnati Reds for one.

He has a .245 batting average with a.762 OPS in 746 major league games. However, with the RailRiders this season, he is hitting.244 with a .709 OPS.

He went 12-for-61 (.197) in 25 games in his last major league season, but 5 of those hits were HRs. He also walked 9 times, contributing to a respectable .806 OPS.

Ivan Gonzalez of the Toronto Blue Jays, Kanoa Pagan of the San Francisco Giants, Karell Paz of the New York Mets, and Elvin Valerio of the Detroit Tigers were all suspended for PED use.

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