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Cards prospect Pierce suspended for drug violation

A 2013 eighth-round draftee, righty tested positive for an amphetamine

NEW YORK -- Andrew Pierce, a pitching prospect for the St. Louis Cardinals, was levied a 50-game suspension Wednesday after violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Pierce, a former eighth-round draftee, was cited for testing positive for an amphetamine.

Pierce, who will turn 23 on Sunday, was acquired by the Cardinals as an eighth-round selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. Pierce played at Jones County Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi, and he played his first pro season in the Class A New York-Penn League.

Pierce pitched to a 2-2 record and a 2.11 ERA in his debut season with the State College Spikes, and he struck out (36) more than five times as many batters as he walked (seven). The right-hander did not allow a home run in his debut, and he started seven of the 12 games in which he appeared.

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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