Two Baltimore Orioles' Minor Leaguers, Robert Andino and Johnny Dixon, Supended for Positive Tests


This type of news is not very fun to report and write about, but it's unfortunately still part of the game. Two Baltimore Orioles' minor leaguers, infielder Robert Andino and outfielder Johnny Dixon have been suspended for positive tests.

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Andino, who many Orioles' fans were hoping could get a chance with the big league club as opposed to Paul Janish, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.

He rejoined the organization this offseason after signing a minor league deal with the Orioles.

His 2017 season has been a mixed bag. Through 49 games, he is hitting .234 with six home runs, seven doubles, one triple, 23 RBI and had scored 25 runs. He also owned a .282 OBP and had played three positions (second base, shortstop, and third base) defensively for the Norfolk Tides.

Andino's suspension will put him out of action until mid-to-late July.

Dixon, 20, is a guy most Orioles have never heard of, and that's because he has played his first two professional season with the O's Dominican Summer League affiliates.

We highlighted him a bit here at Baby Birdland when we recapped the DSL Orioles2 2016 season, which you can view here.

At the age of 19, Dixon had a pretty decent 2016 season, where he was one of the top offensive performers on the team. He hit .256 with three home runs, seven doubles, two triples, 31 RBI and scored 27 runs in 65 games. In addition, he also posted a .326 OBP and committed just two errors in 171 total chances in the outfield.

The worst part of the suspension for Dixon is the fact that it's for 72 games for testing positive for metabolites of Stanozolol. The DSL season is 72 games long, which means Dixon will miss the entire season.

Again, it's unfortunate to see these things happen, but as a baseball fan, it's also nice to see the minor league drug program working.


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