Miami Marlins outfielder Kolby Copeland has been suspended by Major League Baseball for 50 games after refusing to take a drug test under the minor league program, according to a report Tuesday afternoon from MLB.com writer Danny Wild.
Copeland, 19, was drafted by the Marlins in the third-round of the 2012 draft but will now miss the first 50 games of the season without pay. His refusal to submit to a drug test is considered a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. He is the eighth minor leaguer to be suspended in 2013 for violating the drug program.
Entering this year, he was ranked the Marlins’ No. 4 outfield prospect after getting drafted out of Parkway (Bossier City, La.) High School. Last season he split time between the Class A Short-Season Jamestown Jammers and the Marlins’ Rookie-level Gulf Coast affiliate, batting .280 with 34 RBIs and recorded four stolen bases in 62 games. He signed a $367,000 deal with the Marlins after getting drafted last year.