View Full Version : Problems for Atlanta's top prospect (per BA)

04-08-2008, 08:57 PM
From Rotoworld:

MLB suspended Double-A Mississippi outfielder Jordan Schafer 50 games for using human growth hormone.

Perhaps this partially explains Schafer's big leap forward last year, though studies on whether hGH really helps performance have yet to produce much in the way of results. Schafer has been viewed as a big-time talent since long before he was drafted -- Baseball America named him the top 13-year-old prospect in the nation in 2000 -- but he as often as not disappointed before blossoming in 2007. The 50-game ban figures to ruin his hopes of reaching the majors this season. He had been looked at as a good bet to take over as the Braves' center fielder next year, but that's in doubt now as well.

04-08-2008, 10:48 PM
How did they catch him?

I didn't think there was a reliable urine test for HGH.

04-08-2008, 11:51 PM
Maybe he was posting "anonymously" on internet message boards about his escapades.

Nah, nobody is that dumb. ;)

04-09-2008, 12:19 AM
From The Atlanta papers:

Wren, in Colorado with the Braves, declined to comment beyond his written statement. He wouldn't say whether Schafer tested positive or if he was caught in some other manner.

There isn't believed to be a reliable test for HGH, but several major league players have been penalized for being linked to the substance without testing positive.

I would think someone gave the team/mlb some info on the HGH use.

04-09-2008, 11:34 AM
BP's Kevin Goldstein wrote that Schafer and some other Braves farmhands were under investigation and Schafer fessed up. Which implies that he may not be the only one who ends up with a suspension.