Minnesota Twins 2B/OF prospect Eddie Rosario will be suspended 50 games for taking a banned substance, reports La Velle E. Neal III of The Minnesota Star-Tribune. Rosario claims he took pills to help recover from an arm injury that he didn't know would cause a failed test. The league has yet to make an announcement.
For Rosario, the suspension will come at the worst possible time, just as he was gaining traction in one of the best farm systems in the game. Rosario is coming off of a season in which he hit .302/.350/.460 while splitting time between High-A and Double-A.
Rosario has seen time both at second base and in the outfield, and the missed time could set him back in his quest to remain an infielder. Scouts have generally panned his ability as a second baseman, citing stiff hands and unnatural actions, but reports from the Puerto Rican Winter League where he is currently participating have been more encouraging. He will be allowed to play the remainder of the winter but is expected to serve his suspension at the beginning of the 2014 season.
Having just turned 22, this suspension hardly throws Rosario off track to the major leagues. He will likely head back to Double-A to begin his season mid-summer but could still hit his way to the majors by season's end. At worst, the suspension pushes back his ETA to the 2015 season, which was probably going to be the case anyway.
The question still remains where Rosario will play int he field. His time away won't eliminate the possibility of him staying at second base, but for a player who needed as much game experience there as possible, it certainly doesn't help.