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Madrid signed, but must sit out 30 games

Ramon Madrid
The Wild Things signed right-handed pitcher Roman Madrid today and placed him on the team's suspended list.

Madrid had played three seasons in the San Diego Padres' system after being their seventh-round draft pick in 2012 out of the University of Central Florida. Madrid was drafted as a catcher out of high school by Cleveland but did not sign.

A relief pitcher, Madrid racked up a 17-4 record and 35 saves in his first two seasons in the minors, but pitched in only 12 games last year -- though he put up some very good numbers -- for Lake Elsinore in the Class A California League.

The kicker in the Madrid story is he was suspended for 50 games March 9 of this year after testing positive for an amphetamine, a stimulant in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The announcement of the suspension came two days after Madrid was released by the Padres.

According to Frontier League deputy commissioner Steve Tahsler, Madrid must serve a 30-game suspension before playing for the Wild Things. This is because the 96-game Frontier League season is shorter than a full-season schedule in affiliated ball, so the suspension is prorated 30 games.Read full post: Madrid signed, but must sit out 30 games

That's rare

The Wild Things' 4-0 shutout Thursday night over River City was a rarity in that it happened in a park, T.R. Hughes Ballpark, that is designed for offense. Lots of offense.

With its 299-foot right-field line, towering "Dog Wall" and short right-centerfield power alley with a low fence, T.R. Hughes Ballpark is a left-handed hitter's paradise.

But Washington lefty pitcher Kyle Helisek (2-1) and reliever Richie Mirowski (has anybody checked his numbers?) blanked River City to give the Wild Things their first series win and two-game winning streak of the season.

Was that shutout of River City on its home field rare? Yes, it was.

It was only the second time in the last 126 home games (both regular season and playoffs) that River City has been shut out. That dates back to Aug. 9, 2012. The only other time the Rascals were blanked at home during that span was in the season opener this year by the Normal CornBelters.Read full post: That's rare

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