Major League Baseball announced that San Francisco Giants minor league pitcher Sonny Vargas has received a suspension for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
The 21-year old tested positive for Stanozolol, and received a 60-day suspension for that. He will begin serving the suspension without pay at the start of the 2022 season.
Vargas has spent the last two seasons in the Arizona Complex League, working as a part-time starter. Over 16 appearances, with 10 of them being starts, he had a 5.33 ERA with a 5-5 record and two saves. He struck out 69 and walked 18 over 54.0 innings.. In 2019, he had a 5.03 ERA with 57 strikeouts and 20 walks in 53.2 innings. He had a 3.12 ERA in 2018, his first pro season in the Dominican Summer League.
Overall as a pro, he has a 4.46 ERA with 174 strikeouts to 52 walks in 165.1 innings.
Vargas was originally signed by the Giants in December of 2017 out of Venezuela for $150,000. According to reports, Vargas originally had a deal with the Colorado Rockies, but it fell through for unknown reasons.