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Braves minor leaguer Gabriel Noguera has been suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse.

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Kyle Glaser of Baseball America is reporting that Braves left handed pitcher Gabriel Noguera has been suspended 50 games without pay for his use of a drug of abuse.

Noguera is a 21 year old in the Braves minor league system who last played for the Braves Gulf Coast Affiliate where he posted a .87 ERA over 31 innings with 31 strikeouts. Noguera is much older than the typical player in the GCL and is considered a non-prospect. This is Noguera’s second time testing positive for a drug of abuse.

There are differences between drugs of abuse and PEDs as drugs of abuse are typically illicit drugs like Cannabis, Opiates and THC. PEDs are normally known to be steroids or stimulants for growth and therefore have a different designation for punishment in Major League Baseball’s controlled substance policies. If Noguera were to face a third drugs of abuse offense he would face a minimum year long suspension and a fine of up to $100,000.