The 2017 season has been an acid bath on multiple levels, but there was one saving grace: At least we were going to get the opportunity to watch the debuts of several prospects in the upper minors. This still applies, but scratch Joan Gregorio off your watch list. The right-hander was suspended for the rest of the 2017 season after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug.
Gregorio was starting in Sacramento, and the 25-year-old was pitching better lately, overcoming some midseason weirdness with his control, and making his funky sinker work for him, not against him. He was likely going to be the next starting pitcher called up if a need arose, with a September call-up likely.
Instead, say it with me: Stanozolololololol.
This has been a mostly miserable season for Giants pitching prospects in the upper minors, with Chris Stratton and Dan Slania’s ERAs both pushing past 6.00, Tyler Beede getting hit hard and losing some of his strikeouts, and Sam Coonrod scuffling in Double-A. Only Gregorio and Andrew Suarez were having encouraging years, which means the Giants are down to just Suarez.
On one hand, if you’re going to pick one minor-leaguer who needed extra beef, it would be the 6’7” pitcher listed at 180 pounds. On the other hand ... dude, c’mon.
The Giants are down a prospect, and they didn’t really have a lot of prospects to sacrifice. Welcome to 2017. You will never leave.