Major League Baseball announced on Thursday that Detroit Tigers' No. 10 prospect shortstop JaCoby Jones has been suspended 50 games for testing positive for a drug of abuse. This is his second failed test. The suspension will include the remainder of his time at the Arizona Fall League (12 games) and he will not take part in the first 38 games of the minor league regular season.
Jones was the return piece in the trade that sent Joakim Soria to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trade deadline. He was taking part in the AFL and batting .280/.333/.400 with two home runs, nine runs scored while with the Scottsdale Scorpions.
He hadn't hit a home run in his last 10 games played. Jones had also been selected to participate in the Fall Stars Game on Saturday but was pulled earlier on Thursday for "flu-like symptoms."
The Tigers released a statement regarding Jones' suspension.
"The Detroit Tigers recognize the suspension of JaCoby Jones for violating minor league baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program as a measure taken in the best interest of the game, and the ballclub continues to fully support this policy."
No additional comments were provided. It's not known whether Jones' first failed drug test came when he was with the Tigers organization since July 30 or when he was with the Pirates. MLB does not release the specific drug players test positive for in the event of a failed test.
After coming to the Tigers, Jones hit .250/.331/.463 at Double-A Erie with six home runs, seven doubles, and 20 RBI. He had been recently promoted from Single-A in the Pirates system to Double-A when the trade occurred. On the year, Jones hit .257/.322/.415 with 16 home runs and 80 RBI.