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Jake Skole suspended 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine

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March 07, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA;  Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Purke (50) pitches during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
March 07, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Matt Purke (50) pitches during the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The terrible, awful, no-good, very bad season of Jake Skole has just gotten worse. Per MLB, Rangers outfield prospect Jake Skole, the 15th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has been suspended for 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine.

Skole has spent the entire 2012 season at Myrtle Beach in the high-A Carolina League, where he has posted a .185/.288/.260 line on the season. The 50 game suspension means that Skole won't be eligible for action again until late August, at which point the Carolina League season will be close to over.

The Rangers selected Skole in the 2010 draft with a compensatory pick that they received after being unable to sign 2009 first rounder Matthew Purke. Skole, now 20 years old, put up a .264/.366/.389 slash line in the low-A South Atlantic League last season, but has struggled mightily in 2012, leading to speculation prior to this suspension that he may be facing demotion in the near future.