Well, the Astros Organization now has an identified steroid user, Lou Santangelo of the AA Corpus Christi Hooks, who flunked a drug test.
What a maroon. What a total maroon – the minors are a lot tougher with the tests than the majors. How could you really think it is safe to shoot up?
And as for – well, look at the numbers!!! let’s see here – how much did steroids help his career?
Ol Dumbass was drafted in the 4th round in 04 from Seton Hall (as Biggio, another catcher, was) and started in the Sally League on 04. Here are his numbers: (stats from thebaseballcube.com and milb.com)
04 (NYPL A-):33/164: 21 BB: 5 2B, 2 3B, 6 HR, 58 K, 2 SB, 1 CS in 47 games – .201 BA, .366 SLG, .665 OPS
05 (A) 64/239: 24 BB: 14 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 86 K, 4 SB, 3 CS in 70 games – .268 BA, .336 OBP, .519 SLG, .855 OPS (and note he strikes out around one of every 3 AB) also in the field, he had 12 errors and 9 PB
06 (A+) 86/357 + 36 BB: 19 2B, 5 3B, 18 HR, 112 K, 0 SB, 4 CS in 128 games – .241 BA, .310 OBP, .473 SLG, .783 OPS (and believe it or not, this guy was a post season all-star???!!!)
OK so let’s look at him this year – he’s now in AA
17/72: 4 BB: 4 doubles, 0 triples, 0 homers, 12 K in 19 games: .236 BA, .302 OBP, .292 SLG, .505 OPS
So if he used the stuff before the season began or at the beginning of it to give himself a boost, looks like it not only did zero, it made him even worse. (It takes a few weeks to get the samples through the lab then notify the club) Of course, his “competition” on the club, of you wanna call it that, is batting .164 and .111, so he would have been better off if he never used at all.
It will be interesting to see if Drayton will even keep him in the Organization after he finished his 50 game suspension. So much for steroids make you into Jose Canseco – the one guy who credits his career to using roids.
Did he REALLY think he couldn’t get caught?
Yet another el-sucko caught using who proves that roids do not turn you from suck to good.
So WHY was he such a dumbass? John Brattain knows – and he says it better than I ever could. Click here to read his Hardball Times column.
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