LOS ANGELES — Dodgers minor league pitcher Edward Perez was suspended 72 games without pay by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance enhancing drug.
Perez, 21, is on the roster of the Dominican Summer League Dodgers. His suspension won’t begin until their season starts, which is in June, and the length will essentially wipe out his 2017 season.
The Dodgers signed Perez as an amateur free agent out of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic on May 19, 2014 by scouts Franklin Tavarez and Patrick Guerrero.
The 6’2 right-hander had a 1.69 ERA in 21 relief appearances last year in the DSL, with 35 strikeouts and 17 walks in 32 innings, and held opposing batters to .158/.294/.175. In three seasons in the DSL Perez has a 3.42 ERA in 57 games — all but one in relief — with 77 strikeouts and 49 walks in 92 innings.