It’s been a rough year for Nicky Delmonico, and it’s getting rougher. The Brewers third base prospect — ranked 17th in the system by MLB.com — is being suspended for 50 games after testing positive for amphetamines. The organization announced the ban on their player development Twitter feed.
Delmonico’s year began with undisclosed personal problems that kept him out of camp and delayed the start of his season. In 37 games with Brevard County this season in the offense-starved Florida State League, Delmonico was hitting .262/.300/.404 with 4 home runs and 8 doubles.
Delmonico hasn’t played in a game since July 7. Less than a week ago, it was reported that the personal issues had returned.
The Brewers haven’t said much on the personal issues — keeping them personal — and can’t say much about the suspension, other than stating that Delmonico is already in a treatment program. There’s an important distinction to be made here that the ban is for amphetamines — stimulants, not steroids.
Brevard County has less than 50 games remaining in their season, meaning the suspension will also carry over into the start of next season, wherever he may be.
Delmonico turned 22 on July 12. He came to the Brewers last August, when Francisco Rodriguez was traded to Baltimore. At one time, Baseball America ranked him as high as 4th in the Orioles system, behind Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman and Jonathan Schoop.