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Crew Minor Leaguer West suspended 50 games

Crew Minor Leaguer West suspended 50 games

Crew Minor Leaguer West suspended 50 games

Brewers Minor Leaguer William West was suspended for 50 games on Monday without pay after a second violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program for a drug of abuse, the Commissioner's Office announced Monday.

West, who's on the roster of the rookie-level Arizona League Brewers, will begin serving his suspension immediately. The 21-year-old left-hander, not considered a top prospect in Milwaukee's system, has recorded a 5.06 ERA in three appearances this season.

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West has been playing in the Brewers organization since 2011, his first season in the Arizona League. The Tallahassee, Fla., native went 1-3 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 appearances in his first professional season.

He began last season with rookie-level Helena, then started five games for Class A Wisconsin, putting together a combined 7.30 ERA in 13 games.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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