Major League Baseball has suspended San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal 50 games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, allegedly testing positive for testosterone. A top prospect, Grandal stepped right into the cleanup role for San Diego during the 2012 season. He was also a crucial protection piece for Chase Headley, who had a breakout year hitting in front of him in the lineup.
Grandal was the centerpiece of the deal that sent Mat Latos to Cincinnati. He was behind Devin Mesoraco in the Reds' system, and became part of a package that included Edinson Volquez, Brad Boxberger, and Yonder Alonso landing with the Pads.
Grandal played 60 games in his first season in the majors, hitting .297/.394/.469 with eight homers in 192 at-bats. The Padres will now have another big hole in the middle of the lineup for the first two months of the 2013 season.