Oklahoma RHP Jonathan Gray failed an MLB pre-draft drug test for the stimulant Adderall this past weekend according to ESPN.com baseball insider Keith Law. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports stated that Gray was the only failed drug test out of the 200 players tested.
Gray is expected to be one of the top picks in this week’s draft as he sports a fastball that has reached the upper 90’s. Gray is currently not facing a suspension for failing the test but it could affect his draft status. It should be noted that Adderall is also a banned substance by the NCAA and by MLB. The drug can be used with a prescription but Gray did not have a prescription for the drug.
According to Law’s article:
Adderall use without an exemption is prohibited under the Joint Drug Agreement between Major League Baseball and its players’ union. More than 110 players were granted exemptions in 2012, according to the independent program administrator’s report released in November. Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended for the first 25 games of the 2013 season after he tested positive for Adderall for the second time without a valid exemption.
The benefits of Adderall according to Tom Curran of NECN is that it enhances the focus of the athlete and has been one of the many causes for suspensions in the NFL. You can check out Curran’s full report on a recent New England Patriots player who was suspended for taking the drug by clicking here.
You can check out the full article by Law talking about the positive test from Gray here.