A's minor leaguer Herschel Powell suspended for drugs

A's minor leaguer Herschel Powell suspended for drugs
July 7, 2014, 4:15 pm
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Herschel Powell is batting .396 with 10 RBI for the Stockton Ports this season. (MiLB)

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced Monday that Oakland Athletics Minor League outfielder Herschel 'Boog' Powell has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

The suspension of Powell, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Stockton Ports of the California League, is effective immediately.

The 21-year-old Powell was selected by Oakland in the 20th round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Orange Coast Junior College in California. He is not related to former big leaguer Boog Powell.

Powell hit .355 with three homers and 17 RBI for Beloit of the Class A Midwest League and earned Midwest League All-Star MVP honors this season.

The outfielder was promoted to the Stockton Ports on June 23. While with the Ports for 11 games this season, Powell is batting .396 with .463 on-base percentage, 10 RBI,  and a .500 slugging percentage.

MiLB.com has the complete stat list for Powell this season.