Padron Hit With 50-Game Suspension
Padron will miss the first 50 games of 2008.
Padron will miss the first 50 games of 2008.
Posted Dec 10, 2007

Oakland A's minor league catching prospect Raul Padron was hit with a 50-game suspension after testing positive under minor league baseball's performance-enhancing drug testing program. The suspension will go into effect next season.

Raul Padron, a left-handed hitting catcher in the Oakland A's chain, was hit with a 50-game suspension on Monday after it was announced that he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance under the minor league baseball testing program.

Padron, who is currently competing for the Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan Winter League, was coming off of a strong performance at the Arizona Fall League. He was a late-entry into the AFL after fellow A's catching prospect Anthony Recker had to miss the AFL season with a broken hamate bone. Padron appeared in 18 games at the AFL for the Phoenix Desert Dogs and hit .320 with an 864 OPS. He is three-for-seven in limited action with Caracas this winter.

Padron spent the entire 2007 regular season with the High-A Stockton Ports, where he hit .223 with 13 homers and 52 RBI. Padron established a career-high with his 13 homers. He also had a career-high 25 doubles. Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2002 out of Venezuela, Padron is a career .250 hitter in 348 minor league games. The 23-year-old was a Midwest League All-Star in 2005.

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