Rangers minor leaguer suspended

Updated: June 29, 2012, 10:10 PM ET
By Clint Foster | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jake Skole, the Texas Rangers' first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2010 MLB draft, has been suspended 50 games without pay after testing positive for a performance-enhancing amphetamine that is in violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

The outfielder for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans of the Carolina League tested positive a few weeks ago and attempted to appeal the result. The commisioner's office enacted Skole's suspension Friday, effective immediately.

"It is what it is," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He made a mistake; that's what the system is for. He'll serve his punishment."

The Rangers drafted Skole out of Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga. He has struggled recently in the minors, hitting .185 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 68 games. Skole is 1 for 37 in his past 12 games.

"It's probably affected his play overall the last few weeks," Daniels said. "That's the challenge for Jake to make the best use of his time on and off the field, physically and mentally. The talent is there. He's had a rough year between the lines and this. This is an opportunity for him to get things right."

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