Right-handed pitcher Mark Williams, who had been at the Milwaukee Brewers’ High-A Brevard County affailiate, was suspended 50 games Friday after testing positive for amphetamines.
According to MLB.com, Williams, 24, is the second member of the Brevard County Manatees to be suspended this week. A suspension for third baseman Nick Delmonico was announced on Monday, though Delmonico began serving his ban on July 23.
Williams was signed in 2011 after he had been pitching for the Washington WildThings in the independent Frontier League. He played collegiately at Marietta (Ohio) College.
Williams began the season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he was 0-2 in five appearances, allowing two runs on five hits in 6.2 innings with four walks and four strikeouts.
In 19 appearances for Brevard County, Williams had 10 saves with a 1.61 ERA and 0.806 WHIP in 22.1 innings, striking out 21.
After signing in 2011, Williams made six appearances for Rookie-level Helena and was at Wisconsin in 2012.
He split last season between Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville.
Williams gained some notoriety on the field in 2012 when he combined with Chad Thompson to throw a no-hitter for the Timber Rattlers against the Clinton LumberKings.
Thompson, then 21, worked the first five innings in his Midwest League debut before Williams earned the save by striking out three in the final four innings of the game.