Michael Kopech

Red Sox 2014 first-round pick RHP Michael Kopech suspended 50 games

Ryan Hannable
July 16, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Major League Baseball announced Thursday Red Sox right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech has received a 50-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Oxilofrine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension will go into effect immediately. His team, Single-A Greenville, has 50 games remaining, so in effect his season is over. Kopech was 4-5 with a 2.63 ERA with Single-A Greenville this year with 70 strikeouts in 65 innings. He was drafted No. 33 overall in last year's draft. He is ranked No. 12 on MLB.com's Red Sox prospect list. For more Red Sox news, visit weei.com/redsox.