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Top Prospect Schafer Suspended for HGH

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Jordan Schafer jumped from an unknown prospect to one of the most highly thought of minor leaguers in baseball after a breakout season last year. All that will now be called into question as the 21-year old centerfielder was suspended for 50 games for a violating the minor league drug policy. To be more specific, Schafer was reportedly suspended for HGH use. Schafer enjoyed one of the biggest breakouts of any Braves prospect in recent memory, improving his .240/.293/.376 '06 line to .312/.374/.513 last season while playing primarily at Myrtle Beach. He also impressed the Braves high-ups, drawing rave reviews from coaches during spring training, including Bobby Cox. According to Dave O'Brien of the AJC, Schafer has already met with an apologized to his teammates. What about his future? This pretty much ends any chance of him seeing the majors this season and calls into question his status as the heir to the centerfield job for next season. O'Brien mentions that Tyler Flowers was also suspended for performance-enhancing drugs and he seems to be viewed in a fairly good way by the organization after serving his suspension. Overall, this is a very disappointing day. The excitement surrounding Schafer was so great and now this will forever change the way that most Braves fans look at him. My only hope now is that he makes a public apology, serves his suspension, and works hard to get back into the good graces of this organization.

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