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White Sox, Cubs farmhands hit with 50-game suspensions

Updated: November 1, 2013 11:42PM



White Sox prospect Nick Blount will serve a 50-game suspension after he tested positive for an amphetamine, a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment program.

A ninth-round pick in the 2013 draft, Blount was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 16 games, including nine starts, for rookie-level Great Falls of the Pioneer League.

Blount and Cubs shortstop prospect Elliot Soto, who also was suspended 50 games, are the 58th and 59th players suspended this year under the minor-league program. Soto, a Dundee-Crown High School grad, hit .219 in 256 combined at-bats for Class AA Tennessee and advanced-A Daytona in 2013.

In August, Sox minor-league catcher Nick Parent received a 50-game suspension for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol. Parent, a 36th-round draft pick in 2013, is the son of Sox bench coach Mark Parent.

In other Sox news, right-hander Simon Castro was outrighted to Class AAA Charlotte. Castro, who was the key piece when the Sox acquired him along with left-hander Pedro Hernandez in a salary-relief trade of All-Star outfielder Carlos Quentin two years ago, pitched in four games for the Sox this season, going 0-1 with two earned runs allowed in 62/3 innings.

At Charlotte in 2013, he was 3-7 with a 5.83 ERA in 922/3 innings, including 12 starts. The Sox dealt Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins in the Francisco Liriano trade last season. Hernandez was outrighted by the Twins to Class AAA earlier this week.

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