BILLINGS — Outfielder Nate Scantlin, who hit over .300 for the Billings Mustangs in 16 games this season, received a 100-game suspension following a third positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.
Scantlin batted .311 in 61 at-bats for the Mustangs and had at least one hit in 13 of the 16 games in which he appeared. He batted .409 (9-for-22) in his last five games with the Mustangs before being assigned to the Class A Dayton Dragons on July 25. He was returned to the Mustangs' roster on Tuesday, a day ahead of his announced suspension.
Scantlin was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school in the 15th round of the 2017 draft. He was suspended 50 games in January for his second failed test, a suspension that began when Dayton's season started in April, since he was on the Dragons’ roster at the time of the suspension. He joined the Mustangs at the beginning of this Pioneer League season
After four days off for the Pioneer League-Northwest League All-Star break, the Mustangs return to Dehler Park Thursday to start a four-game series with the Rocky Mountain Vibe. The game is scheduled to begin at 6:35 p.m.
Billings resumes play tied for first place in the North Division with the Missoula Osprey. Both teams are 6-3 in the second half.