Travis Demeritte, the Texas Rangers’ second first-round pick in the 2013 draft, was suspended 80-games Thursday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program with a positive test for a banned substance.
Demeritte was caught using Furosemide, a diuretic that helps to mask other substances. The infielder, who 25 homers last year but had five so far this season for Class A Hickory, took responsibility for the violation.
“I want to apologize to the Texas Rangers organization, including my teammates, as well as my family, friends, and the fans for my error in judgment,” he said in a statement. “I accept full responsibility for my actions and will be working hard over the next few months to be fully prepared for a return as an active player.”
The Rangers used the 30th overall pick on Demeritte, a prep shortstop from Winder Barrow, Ga., seven picks after they selected right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez.
“The Texas Rangers are disappointed that Travis Demeritte has violated the terms of Minor League Baseball’s Drug Prevention and Treatment Program resulting in his suspension,” the club said in a statement. “The Rangers’ organization fully supports the MiLB program and its efforts to eliminate performance-enhancing substances from our game.”
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760