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Mets minor leaguer Jose Martinez suspended 60 games

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The 21-year-old converted from shortstop to pitcher in 2014.

Chris McShane

As reported by's Anthony DiComo, Mets minor leaguer Jose Martinez has been suspended 60 games for testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing drug. Stanozolol should sound familiar to Mets fans. Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia received a 162-game suspension after his second failed drug test tested positive for the substance. He was one of several players who tested positive for it last spring.

The 21-year-old Martinez began his professional career as a shortstop in 2012 but hit just .187/.293/.275 in the Dominican Summer League before he converted to pitching during the 2014 season. In 2015, he pitched in the Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League, and between the two, he had a 4.10 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 26.1 innings.

Martinez is the second Mets minor league player to receive a suspension this month. Right-handed pitcher Connor Buchmann received a 50-game suspension for testing positive for amphetamines.