Phillies Prospect Alec Asher Suspended 80 Games for PED Usage

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One of the prospects the Phillies acquired in the Cole Hamels trade last summer has been handed an 80 game suspension for taking an anabolic steroid.

Alec Asher has been suspended by Major League Baseball for using the oral anabolic steroid Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone, which should be the championship-winning word at the National Spelling Bee.

Alec Asher is currently ranked by MLB.com as the Phillies 26th overall prospect since being sent over in the Cole Hamels trade with Matt Harrison, C Jorge Alfaro, RHP Jerad Eickhoff, OF Nick Williams, and RHP Jake Thompson last year.

Phillies reporter Todd Zolecki of MLB.com was the first to report Ashers’ suspension.

After being acquired from the Rangers for Hamels, Asher was called up to the Major Leagues and pitched in seven games. The Rangers fourth round pick from 2012 finished the 2015 season in Philadelphia with an 0-6 record and a 9.31 ERA in seven starts.

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Only one of his starts qualified for a quality start after allowing 42 hits, 30 runs, 10 walks, and eight home runs in 29 innings.

He started the year with the Reading Fightin Phils where he started four games and had a 3.20 ERA.

He was promoted to Triple A Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs in late April and was 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA before being placed on the disabled list with a leg contusion.

Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone was developed in the 1960’s by East Germany and allegedly used by various Olympic athletes in the 1970s through the fall of the Berlin Wall before it became testable. The brand name is listed as Oral Turinabol and is typically not something you can take without knowing..

Phillies reliever Daniel Stumpf was also suspended at the beginning of the season for a positive test of Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Chris Colabello of the Toronto Blue Jays was also suspended for the drug earlier in the season.

If you can say Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (let alone three times fast) give yourself a pat on the back.

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