Monday, September 24, 2007

Twins' Minor-Leaguer Suspended

Hibbing native Eli Tintor, who played for the Twins’ Class A team in Beloit this season, has been suspended for 50 games for failing a drug test, the team announced Monday.

Tintor, who tested positive for a drug of abuse, will serve his suspension at the beginning of the 2008 season. He hit .286 with five home runs in the Midwest League this season, and was not invited to play for the Twins’ fall league or instructional league teams.

Drafted out of Hibbing in the 18th round of the 2003 draft, Tintor has been a catcher and outfielder for the Twins.

Tintor is the second Twins prospect to be suspended under the minor league drug policy this season. New Britain pitcher Anthony Swarzak served a 50-game suspension over the season's first three months.