San Francisco Giants’ Prospect Joan Gregorio Suspended for Steroid Use

MLB has suspended Giants’ prospect Joan Gregorio for the rest of the 2017 season, after Gregorio tested positive for steroids.  It’s shame, because he was the best starter this year at AAA Sacramento.

Gregorio’s 3.04 ERA made him the River Cats’ only starter with an ERA below 4.50.  The next best starter has probably been former 1st round pick Tyler Beede, who has pitched O.K. but has an ugly 5.11 ERA, thanks mainly to serving up 14 long balls.  Beede is 24 this year, a year younger than Gregorio.

Former 1st round pick Chris Stratton has continued not to impress.  He turns 27 in August and currently has a 5.71 ERA after 12 starts.  It seems clear to me at least that Stratton will not have a major league career unless he’s moved to the bullpen permanently.

The only starting pitching help that’s going to come from Sacramento in the near future is Madison Bumgarner, who made his first rehab start yesterday.  It wasn’t pretty, as he allowed seven hits and four runs, all earned, in 3.2 innings pitched while striking out only one.  At least he’s pitching again and able to hit 92 mph on the radar gun.

This is going to be a long, painful season for Giants’ fans.  At least the memory of true greatness is still relatively fresh in mind.

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