Twelve players accepted a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball on Monday for violating the Joint Drug Agreement in connection to the Biogenesis scandal including former Brooklyn Cyclone Jordany Valdespin, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
The other players included Nelson Cruz, Jhonny Peralta, Everth Cabrera, Antonio Bastardo, Sergio Escalona, Francisco Cervelli Jesus Montero, Cesar Puello, Fautino De Los Santos, Fernando Martinez, and Jordan Norberto. Ryan Braun was already suspended in connection with Biogenesis and the suspension of Alex Rodriguez is expected to be announced soon.
These suspensions have been impending since June. However, Valdespin’s name was never mentioned, even in rumors, among the more than 20 potential players to be included until Monday. By accepting the suspension, Valdespin has given up his chance to appeal and will likely miss the remainder of the season.
Valdespin’s tenure with the Cyclones was brief and it includes just 18 games from the 2009 season where he hit .279/.338/.397 while mostly playing second base. His best game was on Aug. 27, 2009 when he went 2-for-4 with a homerun and two RBI in a close 4-3 Brooklyn win over Oneonta.
Valdespin has split this season between Flushing and Triple-A. While with the Mets for 66 games, he hit a terrible .188/.250/.316. In 16 games in Triple-A he did much better with a .466/.537/.759 line. At least for now, he remains on the Mets 40-man roster and will be back with the team next season.