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Diamondbacks’ Prospect Kal Simmons Suspended 50 Games

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Feb 18, 2014; Dunedin, FL, USA; An osprey flies overhead with a fish while the Blue Jays workout at Bobby Mattick Training Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

The Missoula Osprey, a Single A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, claimed the Pioneer League Championship ten days ago. A week later, one of the players on that team had his celebration cut short. Infielder Kal Simmons was suspended 50 games by the Commissioner’s Office for testing positive for amphetamines, according to Nick Piecoro at azcentral.

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The 21-year old Simmons was a 2015 eighth round Draft pick out of Kennesaw St. He received 171 at-bats for Missoula and hit .222 with a .278 on-base percentage. Simmons had an outstanding Pioneer Championship series with six hits in 11 at-bats and four runs scored. He had a tremendous Game 1 with a home run and six RBI’s as the Osprey got rolling with a 17-5 victory. Drafted as a shortstop, Simmons played third during that final series as short was manned by Isan Diaz, arguably Missoula’s best player.

The suspension will start once the Pioneer League season begins which will be in June. Another Osprey player, outfielder Matt Railey was also suspended 50 games for amphetamines back on February 23rd.

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