Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Outfielder Jordan Schafer, a prospect in the Darwin Finches farm system, was suspended for the 2008 season by BARB Commissioner Scott Hatfield just weeks after being selected in this year's Rookie Draft, after tests revealed Schafer used human growth hormone in violation of the sport's minor league drug program.

The 21-year-old Schafer, ranked as the No. 25 prospect overall this year by Baseball America, is projected to take over in CF for the Finches in 2009. He got his first taste of the big league club this spring as a non-roster invitee.

"We are extremely disappointed that Jordan has violated the commissioner's performance enhancing drug policy," Darwin manager PZ Myers said. "In no way do we condone this action. We are supportive of the program and will continue to educate all of our players. He will not be reinstated until, at the very least, after completing an education and community service program prior to spring training of 2009."

Schafer was batting .091 (1-for-11) for St. Francis (AAA) in the League of Flagellants at the time of the suspension. He batted .312 at Class A last year with 15 homers and 63 RBIs for Rome of the South Atlantic League and Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League.

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