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June 29, 2012

Jake Skole, the Rangers first-round pick in 2010, suspended

Jake Skole, a Texas Rangers outfield prospect, has been suspended 50 games without pay for testing positive for an amphetamine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced in a statement.

"It is what it is, he made a mistake and that's what the system is for," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. "He'll serve his punishment."

The positive test came back a few weeks ago, and Skole appealed it but to no avail.

Skole has been at High A Myrtle Beach all season, and was batting .185 with three home runs and 18 RBIs over 68 games.

"It probably affected his play overall the last few weeks," Daniels said. "He's struggled while it's been on his mind. That's the challenge for Jake to make the best use of his time on and off the field, physically and mentally. The talent is there. He's had a rough year between the lines and this. This is an opportunity for him to get things right."

Skole is expected to serve the suspension in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Blessed Trinity High School in Georgia.

-- Drew Davison


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