Cubs minor league shortstop Elliot Soto is one of two players to receive 50-game suspensions Friday for violations of baseball’s minor league drug program.
The Associated Press reported that Soto and White Sox pitcher Nick Blount received the suspensions. Soto was suspended for a second violation of a drug of abuse; Blount was suspended for a positive test for an amphetamine.
Soto is a 2007 Dundee-Crown graduate and was the Northwest Herald Player of the Year after that season. Soto helped the Chargers to the IHSA Class AA State Tournament quarterfinals that season, where they lost to Brother Rice.
Soto was drafted out of high school by Minnesota, but instead chose to accept a scholarship offer from Creighton. He played shortstop for the Bluejays and was selected by the Cubs in the 15th round of the 2010 Baseball Amateur Draft.
Soto, 24, is on the roster of Daytona of the Class A Florida State League. He batted .331 with no homers and 18 RBIs in 135 at-bats last season for Daytona and .269 with two homers and six RBIs in 121 at-bats for Tennessee of the Double-A Southern League.
Blount, a 23-year-old right-hander, was 4-4 with a 3.18 ERA this year for the Great Falls Voyagers of the rookie level Pioneer League. He was selected by the White Sox in the ninth round of this year's amateur draft.
There have been 59 suspensions this year under the minor league drug program.